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Hartford Man Arrested on Narcotics Distribution Charges Stemming from Norwich Overdose Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that FELIX LOPEZ, also known as “Pablo,” 23, of Hartford, was arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with narcotics distribution offenses.


This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.


LOPEZ appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and was ordered detained.


As alleged in court documents, on September 13, 2017, Norwich Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an untimely death at a residence in Norwich.  Responding officers were informed that the decedent, a 20-year-old woman, had an addiction to heroin.  At the scene, officers seized drug and non-drug evidence, including the victim’s cell phone.


The State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined that the victim died from acute fentanyl and heroin intoxication. 


It is alleged that LOPEZ supplied the heroin and fentanyl consumed by the victim shortly before she died.


At the time of his arrest, it is alleged that LOPEZ possessed a quantity of crack cocaine.


The complaint charges LOPEZ with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.  Both offenses carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.


U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Norwich, Hartford and Manchester Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector.

Updated November 14, 2017

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