Fentanyl Dealer Charged with Selling Drugs That Led to Death

Daniel Fernando PinedaDaniel Fernando Pineda (Submitted Image)

LANCASTER, PA — A Lancaster city man was recently arrested and charged with drug delivery resulting in death, delivery of fentanyl, and criminal use of a communication facility.

Daniel Fernando Pineda, 24 of the 200 block of N. Plum Street, faces the first-degree, ungraded, and third-degree felony charges after allegedly selling fentanyl to a man that died on April 7, 2022.

Around 5:05 p.m. on April 7, 2022, Lancaster City Bureau of Police Officers were dispatched to a home in the 800 block of N. Shippen Street for the report of an unconscious male presumed to be deceased.

A responding Deputy Coroner with the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office pronounced the man deceased at 6:19 p.m. and ruled the manner as accidental and cause as acute fentanyl toxicity.

An iPhone was collected as evidence from the scene and its data was electronically extracted showing communication between the defendant and victim through both Facebook and text messages. Multiple negotiations and purchases of heroin/fentanyl were discovered through the conversations.

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On April 6, 2022, around 5:01 p.m., the defendant and victim engaged in a text message conversation to arrange a purchase of heroin. About six hours later, the victim sent a text message to his girlfriend indicating he used heroin.

LCBOP conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of S. Duke Street on April 28, 2022, around 9:31 p.m. on a vehicle in which Pineda was in the passenger seat.

During the subsequent search, police located two white wax paper sleeves containing suspected heroin/fentanyl under the front passenger seat where Pineda was seated.

A black Samsung telephone that was in Pineda’s possession during the traffic stop was seized pursuant to a search warrant on May 4, 2022. The data was forensically extracted from the phone and found at least 12 separate text message conversations before, on, and after April 6, 2022, in which Pineda is negotiating and arranging the purchase of heroin/fentanyl.

Deleted text messages between Pineda and the victim were found in the trashed messages folder of the messaging application.

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Pineda denied recognizing or knowing the victim after being shown several photographs of him. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Andrew LeFever, who set bail at $500,000 straight.

Lancaster City Bureau of Police Detective Adam Flurry filed charges, which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman.

If you or someone you know needs help regarding drug addiction, visit the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission’s brochure which provides many resources.

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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