Man Behind Bars for Connection to 14-Year-Old’s Heroin Overdose

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GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — One man is facing 3 years in prison after heroin he had caused the death of an East Windsor girl.

A U.S. District Judge sentenced 25-year-old Ryan Poulin of Glastonbury for 3 years in prison and 6 years of supervised release. This followed a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Hartford Task Force investigation back in 2014. Investigators were focusing on fentanyl-laced heroin in the Hartford area due to several overdoses.

Investigators found Poulin was involved in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl from East Windsor, who purchased heroin in Hartford in February 2014. A few days later, Poulin got some heroin from a friend and shared some with his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Poulin’s girlfriend traded the drug to the 14-year-old victim and the two of them injected heroin. Shortly after, the 14-year-old went to bed and never woke up. The medical examiner’s office ruled the girl’s death on February 16, 2014 as accidental, but that it was caused by heroin and fentanyl intoxication.

Police arrested Poulin on July 31, 2014 on charges of distributing heroin to a minor. He was then brought to a substance abuse and counseling program, but violated the conditions of his release and was put behind bars.

Poulin pleaded guilty.

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