Bridgeport man charged with selling heroin to overdose victim

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BRIDGEPORT – A Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday for dealing heroin that caused a fatal Milford overdose.

Darryck Norris, of Bridgeport, was charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin. The charge stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting drug dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users. The charge of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

According to court documents, at just before 9 p.m. on October 27, Milford Police and EMTs responded to a house in Milford and found an unresponsive 37-year-old man slumped over in the downstairs living room. Emergency personnel attempted lifesaving measures and administered two doses of Narcan, which had no effect. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Police seized four empty bags and one full bag that contained suspected heroin. Each of the bags was stamped with the same brand stamp.

Police said they also seized the victim’s iPhone. They said that text messages contained on the victim’s iPhones showed that the victim had ordered heroin from Norris earlier that day. Witness interviews and further cellphone analysis showed that the victim had bought heroin from Norris for several months prior to the his overdose, according to court documents.

On November 1, the DEA and Milford Police conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from Norris in Bridgeport. The heroin bags purchased were stamped with the same stamp that was found on the bags seized from the overdose victim’s residence, according to police.

Norris was released into a residential drug treatment program.