A heroin dealer from Lancaster City was recently sentenced to state prison for terms for providing fentanyllaced heroin that caused the overdose deaths of an Elizabethtown man.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday, Sept. 13, that Erick Salome-Chevere, 28, will serve 8 to 20 years in prison, in accordance with a plea agreement. He was one of three men charged in the death of Anthony Pelton, 37, who overdosed in his home on West High Street between Peace Alley and the Conoy Creek on July 2, 2018.
Salome-Chevere’s criminal record, including a robbery conviction, was considered in the agreement terms. He also has a pending state parole violation. Also, police determined Salome-Chevere was at the top of the supply chain among the three charged. Salome-Chevere was arrested during a traffic stop in Ephrata. Police found 1,000 bags of heroin in the vehicle. Elizabethtown police, Lancaster County Drug Task Force, Lancaster city police Selective Enforcement Unit, and Ephrata police worked the case. Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller accepted the plea terms and ordered sentence.
Prosecutors use discretion in prosecuting drug delivery resulting in death, determining whether the defendant is a legitimate dealer or is selling drugs to pay for one’s own drug addiction. Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said Salome-Chevere was determined to be a legitimate dealer.