Two Lancaster County dealers sentenced for fentanyl-involved deaths


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Two Lancaster County heroin dealers were recently sentenced to state prison terms for providing fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the overdose deaths of two men.

The investigations were separate and not related. However, authorities say both men were determined to be dealers distributing narcotics for profit, and both were charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said Erick Salome-Chevere, 28, is one of three people charged in connection with an Elizabethtown man’s death on July 2, 2018.

Salome-Chevere will serve 8 to 20 years in prison, in accordance with a plea agreement. His previous criminal record was considered in the agreement terms.

Authorities determined Salome-Chevere was at the top of the supply chain among the three charged. He was arrested during a traffic stop in Ephrata where police said they found 1,000 bags of heroin in the vehicle.

Eric Montanez, 33, will serve 5 to 15 years in prison, in accordance with a plea agreement.

The district attorney’s office said Montanez provided fentanyl-laced heroin to a man who died in his Beaver Valley Pike home on May 1, 2018.

Police also said they seized 200 bags of heroin from Montanez.

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