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Law enforcement is looking for Atlantic City man indicted for a drug-induced death

Law enforcement is looking for Atlantic City man indicted for a drug-induced death

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MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic City man was indicted and is wanted by law enforcement on charges of the strict liability drug-induced death of Felipe Popocati Garcia-Lopez, according to news released by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday.

Ramon Rivera, 50, was indicted Wednesday for the drug-induced death of Garcia-Lopez on Sept. 23, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in a statement.

On Sept. 23, Atlantic City police patrol officers went to Haps Laundromat after a report of two unresponsive men, Tyner said.

Inside, police met with Rivera, who was an employee at the laundromat, Tyner said.

The officers then located Garcia-Lopez, 42, and Isidro Arenas, 39, both of Atlantic City, who were unresponsive and suffering from apparent drug overdoses, Tyner said.

Both men were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City, Tyner said. Garcia-Lopez was pronounced dead, and Arenas survived, Tyner said. An investigation determined that Rivera sold Garcia-Lopez a fatal combination of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, Tyner said.

Efforts to locate Rivera have been unsuccessful, and the defendant is wanted by law enforcement, Tyner said.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the state in this matter, Tyner said, and it is a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department.

Anyone with information about Rivera’s whereabouts is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website at acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the submit-a-tip page, Tyner said.

People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS), or visit the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersatlantic.com, Tyner said.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County, Tyner said.

— Vincent Jackson

Contact Vincent Jackson: 609-272-7202

vjackson@pressofac.com

Twitter@ACPressJackson

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