Police: Two overdose victims from heroin sold, Hartford man pleads guilty

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford man that police say sold heroin, which resulted in two non-fatal overdose victims in an Enfield motel room, plead guilty today in New Haven.

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, announced that Josemanuel Rios plead guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 25, 2016, a male and female overdosed at a motel in Enfield.  The overdoses were not fatal.  In the motel room, investigators found five wax folds that contained fentanyl.  Rios was identified as the source of the drugs ingested by the victims, according to officials.  On Feb. 26, 2016, a search of an East Hartford motel room that Rios was renting revealed approximately 200 bags of fentanyl stamped with the same image found on the bags in the Enfield motel room, and 13 bags of heroin stamped with a different image.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for Feb. 14, 2017, at which time Rios faces a maximum of 20 years of prison.