Following fatal overdose investigation, Waterbury man pleads guilty

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –A Waterbury man who was arrested in July following an investigation into a fatal heroin overdose in North Haven in May has plead guilty today to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England confirmed that Teddy Stuart Lopez Jr pleaded in Hartford federal court where his charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious harm to users.

According to court documents or statements made during court proceedings, on May 10, 2016, North Haven Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive man on the Hartford Turnpike in North Haven.  The 23-year-old man, who had a history of substance abuse, was transported to the hospital where he later died.  The victim’s family later turned over to law enforcement a wax fold of heroin.  The investigation revealed that the victim most likely purchased heroin from Lopez in Waterbury earlier that day, according to officials.

Between July 5 and July 8, 2016, investigators made two controlled purchases of heroin from Lopez. He was arrested on July 19, 2016.  At the time of his arrest, Lopez possessed four bundles of heroin.  A search of Lopez’s residence revealed 15 bundles of heroin, $1,600 in cash, a grinder, a digital scale, cutting agents, cellular telephones, and drug packaging material.

Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on Feb. 18, 2017, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Lopez is released on bond and residing in Rhode Island pending his sentencing.