The Day - - DAILY BRIEFING - — Deb­o­rah Straszheim

A 23-year-old Hart­ford man was ar­rested Mon­day on nar­cotics dis­tri­bu­tion charges stem­ming from the over­dose death of a Nor­wich woman, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from John H. Durham, U.S. at­tor­ney for the District of Con­necti­cut.

Felix Lopez, also known as “Pablo,” was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled sub­stances, and con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute con­trolled sub­stances. Both of­fenses carry a max­i­mum term of 20 years in prison.

The ar­rest is part of an on­go­ing statewide ini­tia­tive tar­get­ing nar­cotics deal­ers who dis­trib­ute heroin, fen­tanyl or opi­oids that cause death or se­ri­ous in­jury to users. Lopez ap­peared be­fore U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hart­ford on Tues­day and was or­dered de­tained.

Ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease, on Sept. 13, Nor­wich po­lice and emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel re­sponded to a re­port of an un­timely death at a res­i­dence in Nor­wich.

Re­spond­ing of­fi­cers learned that a 20-year-old woman who had died suf­fered from an ad­dic­tion to heroin. Of­fi­cers seized ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing the vic­tim’s cell­phone, the re­lease said.

The Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner later de­ter­mined the woman died from acute fen­tanyl and heroin in­tox­i­ca­tion, the re­lease said.

Lopez was al­leged to have sup­plied the heroin and fen­tanyl con­sumed by the vic­tim shortly be­fore she died, the news re­lease said.

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