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Atlantic City Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Strict Liability Drug-Induced Death

Atlantic City

According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Ramon Rivera, 51, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, October 17, to the first-degree Strict Liability Drug-Induced Death and distribution of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.

County officials said on September 23,  Atlantic City Police patrol officers responded to Haps Laundromat in Atlantic City for a report of two unresponsive men.

Inside Haps, police met with the defendant Rivera, who was working as an employee at the laundromat.

Atlantic County officials said the officers then located Felipe Popocati Garcia-Lopez, 42, and Isidro Arenas, 39, both of Atlantic City, who was unresponsive and suffering from apparent drug overdoses.

Both men were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus.

Officials said Garcia- Lopez was pronounced deceased. Arenas survived thanks to the medical intervention provided by first responders.

An investigation determined that Rivera sold Garcia-Lopez and Arenas a fatal combination of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.

The plea agreement calls for Rivera to be sentenced to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act. Sentencing is scheduled before the Honorable Donna M. Taylor, J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey on November 28 at 1:30 pm.

This was a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Unit.