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Harrisburg man charged in heroin overdose death

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/21/18

A Harrisburg man, Francisco Rivera, 46, faces charges after he allegedly dealt heroin that police say killed a 21-year-old West Hanover man on Sept. 11. 

A criminal complaint filed by Lower …

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Death occurred in Lower Swatara Twp.

Harrisburg man charged in heroin overdose death

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A Harrisburg man, Francisco Rivera, 46, faces charges after he allegedly dealt heroin that police say killed a 21-year-old West Hanover Township man on Sept. 11. 

A criminal complaint filed by Lower Swatara Twp. Police noted the deceased had overdosed twice, the second time reportedly taking place in the township proved to be fatal. 

The criminal complaint noted Rivera has been charged with two felony counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and two felony charges of criminal use of a communication facility. Additional charges may be pending and are dependent on results of toxicology tests. 

As of Friday, an individual matching Rivera’s name was listed as being in the Dauphin Co. Prison. 

The criminal complaint noted Lower Swatara officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Elmwood Drive on Sept. 11 at 3:30 a.m. to investigate a report of an unresponsive individual. According to the complaint, a woman had woken up in the home and found the man face-down on her leg, unresponsive and with a weak pulse. 

The woman reportedly called 911 and started to perform CPR on the man, police noted. According to the complaint, EMS were called to the scene but were unable to revive the man. 

The complaint notes that two syringes and drug paraphernalia were found in a bedroom at the residence where the man reportedly had overdosed. 

Police also reported find over a dozen bags of heroin at the home. The criminal complaint noted the bags were labeled “drupal.”

The criminal complaint also noted a preliminary uranalysis performed by the coroner indicated that fentanyl was present in the deceased’s system. 

Police noted earlier in Sept. the deceased and an unidentified woman allegedly made two separate purchases of numerous bundles of heroin from Rivera.

Rivera was arraigned on the charges on Sept. 20 before District Judge Steven M. Semic. Cash bail was set at $250,000 and district court records noted the accused was placed in county prison after being unable to post bail. His preliminary hearing before Judge Michael J. Smith has been scheduled for October 3.