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Three Charged in Overdose Death of E-Town Man

Three Lancaster City men are facing felony charges for their alleged involvement in providing drugs that killed a 37-year-old Elizabethtown man.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced charges on Tuesday, July 10, against Juan Manuel Rosa, 25; Angel Gabriel Ramos-Ocasio, 24, and Erick Salome-Chevere, 27.

Anthony Pelton overdosed in his home on West High Street between Peace Alley and the Conoy Creek on Monday, July 2; he was taken to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He died of a heroin-fentanyl mixture, according to a sworn statement from Elizabethtown Police Detective Dustin H. Ryan filed in court.

Ryan’s sworn statement said Rosa, who had previously shared a cell with Pelton at the Lancaster County Prison, was the person who sold the heroin-fentanyl mixture to Pelton.

A sworn statement from Ryan said Ramos-Ocasio admitted in an interview to getting heroin from a man he knew as “Eddie Stacks” and providing heroin to Rosa for resale. Ryan’s statement said Ramos-Ocasio identified a Facebook photo of that man and a Lancaster City officer said he recognized that man as Salome-Chevere. Ryan wrote that Ramos-Ocasio was then shown a photo of Salome-Chevere and he confirmed it was the man he knew as Eddie Stacks who supplied him with heroin.

Salome-Chevere was arrested on Wednesday, July 4, during a traffic stop in Ephrata. He had approximately 1,000 bags of heroin-fentanyl at the time of his arrest.

All three are charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy. Salome-Chevere is also charged with felony drug-dealing and related counts and his held on $400,000 bail. Ramos-Ocasio and Rosa are held in the Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail each.

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