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Hartford Man Charged with Distributing Fentanyl and Heroin to Rocky Hill Overdose Victim

MAY 31 (HARTFORD, Conn.) – Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Edwin Escribano, also known as “Bebo,” 25, of Hartford, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with distributing heroin and fentanyl.  Escribano appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing currently scheduled for June 2 at 12:30 p.m.

As alleged in court documents, on September 14, 2016, the Rocky Hill Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a restaurant on a report of a male who had overdosed and was not breathing.  The male, who was 29 years old, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Officers seized drug and non-drug evidence, including a cellophane tourniquet and syringe in the restaurant bathroom that ultimately tested positive for the presence of heroin and fentanyl.  The investigation, which included analysis of the victim’s cellphone, revealed that Escribano had provided the drugs to the victim shortly before the victim’s death.

The complaint charges Escribano with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl and heroin, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rocky Hill Police Department. 


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