NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A Waterbury man was sentenced Thursday to more than four years in prison for distributing the heroin that caused a woman in Newtown to suffer a fatal overdose last year, prosecutors said.
Ronald Weaver, 38, was sentenced to 52 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport. Newtown Police helped track down Weaver after a woman died of a suspected drug overdose last March.
The case stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 11, 2016, Newtown Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Newtown on a report of a 30-year-old woman who was in cardiac arrest. The woman was transported to the hospital where she died.
Medical records and witness interviews revealed that she had a history of substance abuse, and the family of the victim turned over to law enforcement several wax folds of heroin, several empty folds and other drug paraphernalia.
The investigation determined that the victim purchased heroin and other drugs from at least two sources in the days leading up to her death. One of the sources worked as a “runner” who conducted drug transactions for Weaver.
Between June and August 2016, law enforcement made four controlled purchases of heroin from Weaver. He was arrested on Aug. 9 and pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 he to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.
As part of his sentence, Weaver was ordered to forfeit a 2006 Infiniti M35, a 2007 Lexus ES350, and $1,956 in cash that was seized from him at the time of his arrest.