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Harrisburg men charged with selling heroin at Hummelstown KFC on Fourth of July

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/13/18

Two Harrisburg men were charged Friday with selling heroin to a Lower Swatara Township man.

According to arrest papers filed by township police, 28-year-old Adam Christopher Esquivel was observed …

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Harrisburg men charged with selling heroin at Hummelstown KFC on Fourth of July

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Two Harrisburg men were charged Friday with selling heroin to a Lower Swatara Township man.

According to arrest papers filed by township police, 28-year-old Adam Christopher Esquivel was observed on surveillance video selling heroin to the victim July 4 at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Hummelstown.

Police interviewed Esquivel in Dauphin County Prison on July 9, during which he allegedly admitted to selling the victim heroin on both July 3 and July 4.

A search warrant police executed on Esquivel’s phone revealed Facebook messages with a “Benjamin Franklin,” which Lower Swatara police said is the Facebook name used by Dominique Patterson, 23.

According to police, Patterson delivered drugs to Esquivel at the KFC in Hummelstown on July 3 and July 4. Patterson can also be seen on surveillance video at the restaurant delivering heroin to Esquivel at the KFC on July 4. After Patterson left the restaurant, Esquivel can be seen on the video holding a bag in his hand that contained heroin, police said.

Patterson delivered the heroin to Esquivel, who then delivered it to the victim in Lower Swatara Township, police allege.

Police say the person who bought the drugs was found dead in his residence July 5.

Esquivel and Patterson are both charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance — heroin — and with criminal use of a communication facility. Both men were already in Dauphin County Prison on unrelated probation violations.

Esquivel and Patterson were arraigned on the new charges July 16 by District Judge Michael Smith, who set bail for each defendant at $100,000. Both are in the county prison. A preliminary hearing for both is set for Aug. 1 before Smith.