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Bridgeport Man Charged With Distributing Heroin In Fatal Overdose

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 23-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday on heroin charges in the death of a Seymour man who overdosed in Seymour in July, prosecutors said.

Richard Estaba, also known as “Raw,” was charged with federal heroin distribution offenses.

On July 9, Seymour Police and emergency medical personnel went to a residence in Seymour on a report of a suspected drug overdose, according to court documents and statements made in court.

In the bathroom of the home, first responders found a 29-year-old male who was not breathing and did not have a pulse. He was pronounced dead.

Investigators seized the victim’s cellphone, multiple folds of suspected heroin marked with two different brand stamps, and other drugs. Cellphone analysis and witness interviews determined that Estaba supplied the heroin consumed by the victim shortly before he was found dead.

In August, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of 10 wax folds of heroin from Estaba. The folds were marked with brand stamps that were found on some of the wax folds at the victim’s home.

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the man died of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine, etizolam, fentanyl, flubromazolam and heroin.

When he was arrested, Estaba had 400 folds of heroin and $1,300 in cash in his possession, prosecutors said.

He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel in Bridgeport and was released on $100,000 bond.

Estaba was charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Both offenses carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

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