Morro Bay man convicted of selling heroin
April 20, 2016
A Morro Bay man is facing up to 10 years in jail for selling heroin. On Tuesday, a San Luis Obispo County jury found Steven Joel York, 53, guilty of felony possession of heroin for sale.
On July 6, after receiving a tip that York was dealing heroin, officers searched York and discovered a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket and texts about drug sales on his phone. In his backpack, officers found 1.14 ounces of heroin.
York was also convicted of selling drugs in 2007 and 2013.
Under California law, York faces up to four years in jail for the new conviction and an enhancement of an additional three years incarceration for each previous drug conviction. York’s sentencing is scheduled for May 25 in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
Heroin use and deaths are increasing nationwide, according to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office. In 2013 through 2015, their were 49 opioid related deaths in San Luis Obispo County.
“Because heroin is killing our youth, our office is committed to vigorously prosecuting any dealer who is caught selling heroin or other hard drug that can end up in the hands of our youth,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.
A year earlier, on July 3, 2014, York ran a stop sign in Santa Ynez and crashed his motorcycle into the back of a Volkswagen Jetta driven by an 80-year-old man. York suffered major injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. The driver of the Jetta was uninjured.