Lancaster City Man Found Guilty of Dealing Fentanyl, Skips Trial and Now on the Run

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LANCASTER, PA — Angel Viera, a 45-year-old Lancaster city man, was convicted last week for dealing fentanyl to an undercover Lancaster City Bureau of Police officer. However, in a shocking twist, Viera failed to show up for his own trial and is now on the run, with an active warrant issued for his arrest.

The incident took place back on October 5, 2022, on the 400 block of S. Christian Street. Viera, who resides in the 600 block of St. Joseph Street, was found guilty last Thursday of felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

This conviction followed a two-day trial before Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Rall prosecuted the case, presenting compelling evidence that included a video from the officer’s vehicle during the transaction and moments leading up to it. The prosecution also played wiretap recordings of discussions between Viera and the undercover officer.

Rall stated during the trial, “The defendant was an active and willing participant who hesitated no more than 10 seconds before getting into the vehicle and giving the officer directions on where to go (to acquire heroin).” She further pointed out that many people refuse to participate in similar situations.

While the initial deal was thought to involve heroin, further testing revealed that the substance in question was actually fentanyl, an opioid that is significantly more potent and deadly.

In Viera’s defense, his counsel argued entrapment, a claim that the jury ultimately rejected.

With Viera’s whereabouts currently unknown, local law enforcement is urging anyone with information to come forward. The charges were filed by Lancaster City Bureau of Police Officer Brandon McCormick.

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