A convicted drug dealer will serve up to 16 years in prison for a 2017 sale of fentanyl that killed an Elizabethtown man.
Tyler S. Bobola, 22, pleaded guilty in April to felony drug delivery resulting in death and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
On Aug. 31, Bobola sold the 22-year-old victim heroin – actually pure fentanyl – and the victim overdosed shortly after at his North Cherry Alley home.
Regarding the endangering charge, police found heroin and fentanyl residue near Bobola’s infant child when they searched Bobola’s South Market Street apartment on Sept. 6.
At a recent hearing in Lancaster County Court, Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. sentenced Bobola to 6 years and 8 months to 16 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said there are differences between legitimate dealers and individuals who sell drugs solely to support their own drug habits.
Bobola’s operation was profitable and had been going on for years, Goldman said.
Goldman showed Judge Spahn photos of what was found at Bobola’s apartment – about 1,000 bags of heroin/fentanyl and eight cellphones, believed to be used in the drug-dealing operation.
Elizabethtown Borough police Detective Dustin Ryan filed charges.