Bradford County man sentenced in firearms theft and heroin sales

A Wysox man was sentenced to 77 months of imprisonment Tuesday in federal court for stealing 48 firearms and for distributing heroin.

U.S. Middle District Judge A. Richard Caputo sentenced Aaron L. Vanderpool, 35.

Vanderpool pleaded guilty to burglarizing Fulmer’s Sporting Goods May 24, 2015. Vanderpool admitted to stealing 48 firearms and to conspiring to transport 47 of them to New York, where they were sold and traded for heroin. Only three of the 48 firearms have been recovered by law enforcement. Vanderpool also admitted to distributing heroin on May 8, 2015.

Caputo also ordered Vanderpool to pay nearly $27,400 to the victims of his crimes.

Two other people have been charged in relation to the Fulmer’s Sporting Goods burglary. Jared Miller was charged in August 2016 and has entered a plea agreement to firearms and heroin trafficking offenses. Luis Mercado was charged in April and also has entered a plea agreement to firearms and heroin trafficking offenses.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and by the state police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo.