NEWTOWN, Conn. — A Waterbury man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges in connection with the death of a 30-year-old Newtown woman in March after a heroin overdose.
Ronald Weaver, 38, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, according to U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Michael J. Ferguson, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.
Weaver faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced Dec. 28.
His arrest stemmed 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, Newtown Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a home in Newtown on a report of a 30-year-old woman in cardiac arrest.
She was transported to the hospital, where she subsequently died. Medical records and witness interviews found that the woman had a history of substance abuse. Her family turned over to law enforcement several wax folds of heroin, several empty folds and other drug paraphernalia.
The investigation revealed that she had 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.
From June to August, law enforcement made four controlled purchases of heroin from Weaver, who was arrested Aug. 9 and detained.
The case was investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Newtown, Waterbury and Torrington Police Departments. The Task Force includes members from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Avi M. Perry.