DRUG DELIVERY RESULTING IN DEATH
NATURE OF INCIDENT: Arrest - Drug Delivery Resulting in Death
Ramon Belen (59 years of age)
(Currently Incarcerated in Berks County Jail)
LKA: 639 and 642 Bingaman Street,
- Drug Delivery Resulting in Death
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance
- Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
In early February 2020, the Berks County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force initiated a drug investigation relative to Ramon Belen being involved in drug trafficking of heroin/fentanyl within the City of Reading, Berks County, PA.
As a result of that investigation, detectives obtained search warrants for the body of Ramon Belen and his two residences in the 600 block of Bingaman Street.
On February 26, 2020, detectives served the search warrants and seized approximately one thousand packets of heroin/fentanyl, nine firearms with a stock of ammunition, and over $170,000 in U.S Currency, believed to be proceeds from his drug trafficking.
Belen was charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin/fentanyl and persons not to possess firearms. Later that day, Belen was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Nicholas Bentz. Bail was set at one million dollars. Belen was committed to Berks County Jail.
Subsequent to the this investigation, on February 4, 2020, Berks County Drug Taskforce Detectives learned that officers from the Robeson Township Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 Furnace Road, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania for a possible drug overdosed resulting in the death of a male (victim) in his 40’s years of age.
As a result, a joint investigation into the death of the victim was conducted by the Berks County District Attorney Drug Task Force Detectives and Robeson Township Police.
On Friday, February 7, 2020, an autopsy of the victim was performed by a Forensic Pathologist at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. The final cause of death could not be determined until the toxicology test results were completed.
On Monday, March 9, 2020, the Berks County Coroner’s office generated a final report relative to the death of the victim. The report indicated that toxicology results from the blood drawn from the body of the victim revealed, among other things, the presence of fentanyl and nor-fentanyl. The official cause of death was a result of acute fentanyl and heroin toxicity.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the victim had a history of drug use and purchased heroin/fentanyl on several occasions from Ramon Belen, and the most recent purchase was made the night before his tragic death. Evidence found at the scene was collected and analyzed by members of the District Attorney’s Forensic Services Unit.
As a result of this investigation, detectives filled the additional listed charges. The charges were filed before Magisterial District Judge Carissa Johnson.
Ramon Belen is currently incarnated at the Berks County Jail. He was arraigned on these new charges and bail was set at $200,000.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.