Columbia, Pennsylvania, convicted of firearm, drug charges

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — According to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, on Tuesday,ebruary 7, a man from Columbia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to nine and a half to 20 years in prison on firearms and drug charges.

A report from the county attorney’s office says 27-year-old Ismael Rosario of Columbia, Pennsylvania, was convicted by a jury in November 2022 of possession of a firearm and convicted Tuesday in a court trial related to three counts of possession. Intent to deliver cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and an additional firearm shipment.

Rosario was also found guilty of misdemeanor drug possession and paraphernalia charges.

Lancaster Police staged an undercover drug breakdown on June 21, 2021, in which undercover officers struck a $100 drug deal with Rosario, according to the district attorney.

The officers impounded the vehicle for which they had arranged the drug deal and found Rosario, a concealed 9mm handgun, and an extended magazine that he did not have a license to carry. Police also found methamphetamine pills and more than two grams of cocaine.

Once the police obtained a search warrant, they found more than 100 methamphetamine and marijuana pills and packaging materials.

First Deputy District Attorney Cody Wade filed the case and Officer Timothy Sinnott filed charges.