MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic City man has been indicted and is currently wanted by law enforcement on charges of the Strict Liability Drug Induced Death of Felipe Popocati Garcia Lopez, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On April 28, 2021, Ramon Rivera, 50, was indicted for the drug induced death of Lopez on September 23, 2020.
On Sept. 23, 2020, Atlantic City Police patrol officers responded to Haps Laundromat in Atlantic City for a report of two unresponsive men. Inside Haps Laundromat, police met with the defendant Rivera, who was working as an employee at the laundromat. The officers then located Felipe Popocati Garcia Lopez, 42, and Isidro Arenas, 39, both of Atlantic City who were unresponsive and suffering from apparent drug overdoses. Both men were transported to the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center City Campus. Garcia-Lopez was pronounced deceased and Arenas survived. An investigation determined that Rivera sold Garcia-Lopez and Arenas a fatal combination of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.
Efforts to locate Rivera have been unsuccessful and the defendant is currently wanted by law enforcement.
Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the state in this matter. This is a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
Anyone with information about Rivera’s whereabouts are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.