Man who sold oxycodone to 20-year-old overdose victim now in nursing home sentenced

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hamden man who investigators say sold oxycodone to a 20-year-old male that overdosed and remains unresponsive has been sentenced today on a distribution charge by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford.

Tahir Farid pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of oxycodone on April 26, 2016. Court documents and statements revealed that Ryan Looney, also of Hamden, supplied Farid with oxycodone pills. Those pills were later sold  to the 20-year-old male who consumed some of the 30 pills purchased, as well as Xanax, and overdosed. The purchase was on Jan. 3, 2016 for $900. The overdose victim was found unresponsive at a friend’s home in Weston on Jan. 5. The man has no brain activity and is receiving care at a nursing home, according to officials.

Looney pled guilty to the same charge as Farid, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6. Judge Chatigny ordered Farid, during his three-year term of supervised release, to perform 120 hours of community service, and requested that the community service be directed at educating school-aged children about the dangers of using opioids.