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Man pleads guilty for role in OD death in Lower Swatara resident

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/14/19

A Harrisburg man pleaded guilty in Dauphin County Court on Friday to charges related to providing the heroin that led to the overdose of a man in Lower Swatara Township on Sept. 11, …

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Man pleads guilty for role in OD death in Lower Swatara resident

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A Harrisburg man pleaded guilty in Dauphin County Court on Friday to charges related to providing the heroin that led to the overdose of a man in Lower Swatara Township on Sept. 11, 2018.

Francisco Rivera, 47, pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death, and to two counts each of criminal use of a communication facility — meaning using a cellphone or other electronic device to set up a drug transaction — and to manufacture, delivery, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, according to online court records.

Rivera is to be sentenced before Judge William T. Tully on Oct. 10. Rivera is being held in county prison on $500,000 bail.

According to Lower Swatara 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.

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 2018, the man and an unidentified woman made two buys of numerous bundles of heroin from Rivera, police said.