Police seek heroin dealer who failed to show for trial

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are looking for a Lancaster man who was found guilty of dealing heroin last week. 

Angel Galarza Sr., 61, didn’t show up for his trial last week and was convicted of felony counts of delivery and possession with intent to deliver heroin. The jury deliberated 20 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said.

Galarza posted bail after he was arrested for having 1,260 bags of heroin in a vehicle, storage unit, and safety deposit box on July 5, 2017. Three months earlier, police seized 126 bags of heroin that Galarza had near Park City Center.

Galarza formerly lived in the 900 block of East King Street. He also has ties to Philadelphia.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said the case is why he has been arguing for a different bail system.

“The bail system, it’s up to the individual judge,” Stedman said. “They’re not provided any guidelines. You get a disparity of results depending on where you go.”

Stedman doesn’t blame one judge for Galarza being missing. He said judges have guidelines for sentencing but there is no standard for bail.

“Why not build in a guideline that takes something like that into consideration?” Stedman asked.

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