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Harrisburg man charged with providing drugs that led to Lower Swatara Township drug death

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 10/19/18

A charge of drug delivery resulting in death has been added to those a Harrisburg man faces for having sold the heroin that authorities say led to the overdose of a man in Lower Swatara Township on …

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Harrisburg man charged with providing drugs that led to Lower Swatara Township drug death

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A charge of drug delivery resulting in death has been added to those a Harrisburg man faces for having sold the heroin that authorities say led to the overdose of a man in Lower Swatara Township on Sept. 11.

Lower Swatara police added the charge against Francisco Rivera, 46, during Rivera’s preliminary hearing Oct. 17 after receiving toxicology results confirming that the victim died of fentanyl toxicity, according to township Detective Ryan Gartland.

Rivera already had been charged with two felony counts each of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and criminal use of a communication facility.

During Rivera’s preliminary hearing, District Judge Michael J. Smith ordered that all five charges against Rivera be sent to Dauphin County Court.

Smith also increased Rivera’s bail from $250,000 to $500,000. Rivera is listed as being held in Dauphin County Prison.

Rivera is to be arraigned on all the charges in county court on Dec. 7, before Judge Richard A. Lewis.

According to police, the 21-year-old West Hanover Township man who died from the heroin provided by Rivera overdosed twice — the second time at a residence in the 100 block of Elmwood Drive in Lower Swatara at about 3:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

According to the complaint, a woman had awoken in the home to find the man face-down on her leg, unresponsive and with a weak pulse.

The woman called 911 and started to perform CPR. According to the complaint, EMS personnel could not revive the man.

Two syringes and drug paraphernalia were found in a bedroom at the residence where the man reportedly overdosed, according to police. Police also reported finding more than a dozen bags of heroin at the home.

Earlier in September, the man and an unidentified woman made two separate buys of numerous bundles of heroin from Rivera, police said.