Derby police make arrest after 3 heroin overdoses, 1 fatal

Bradley Commerford (Photo provided by the Derby Police Dept.)

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Derby police say they have arrested a man who they believe distributed heroin that led to three overdoses, one being fatal.

On Wednesday, Derby police responded to two sudden deaths that they believed were linked to heroin overdoses. During that time, Shelton police also responded to two suspected heroin-related overdoses.

Detectives from Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, and Monroe, the US Attorney’s Office, and the DEA New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) began a joint task force to investigate the source of the heroin. The investigation led them to 20-year-old Bradley Commerford of Derby. Police say that one of the Derby fatalities and both Shelton overdoses were allegedly related to Commerford.

Police say that Commerford was also wanted on several violation of probation warrants. On Thursday, Commerford was arrested on the outstanding warrants.

On Friday, the DEA New Haven TDS applied for a federal arrest warrant and charged Commerford with a federal drug charge stemming from the alleged sale and delivery of heroin connected to one fatal overdose in Derby and two non-fatal overdoses in Shelton.

Officials say the investigation remains open and ongoing

Anyone with information is urged to call Derby Police at (203)735-7811 or the DEA TDS at (203)497-5200. All calls may remain confidential.

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