Man in fatal Groton overdose case pleads guilty

Ramon Gomez (Photo provided by Groton police)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Today in New Haven federal court, the man authorities say was responsible for distributing heroin that lead to the overdose death of a 17-year-old female plead guilty to sex trafficking of a minor and heroin distribution.

Ramon Gomez, of Uncasville, plead guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on Feb. 10, 2017.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the early morning hours of May 29, 2016, members of the Groton Police Department and emergency services personnel responded to a Groton motel room on the report of a suspected drug overdose.  The victim was administered two doses of Narcan (Naloxone), which were unsuccessful, before she was transported to the hospital and died later that morning.

The investigation revealed that Gomez, who knew the victim was under the age of 18, brought her to the motel to engage in prostitution.  On the morning of May 28, 2016, Gomez sold a quantity of heroin to another individual who then distributed the heroin to the victim. Gomez was arrested on state charges on June 1, 2016.

 “Two of our office’s highest priorities are aimed at protecting our youth:  Rooting out child sex trafficking and stemming the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic,” said U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.  “This case tragically and maddeningly combines the two.  I thank our federal partners in these efforts, notably the DEA and HSI, and the Groton Police Department and Regional Community Enhancement Task Force for their investigative work in this matter.  All are working tirelessly to save the most vulnerable among us from abuse and exploitation.”