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Norwalk Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Heroin In Bridgeport Overdose Death

A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to distributing heroin that later led to a Bridgeport overdose death
A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to distributing heroin that later led to a Bridgeport overdose death Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to distributing heroin that caused a fatal overdose in Bridgeport last year, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Richard Piske, 34, of Norwalk pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to one count of distribution of heroin.

According to court documents, Bridgeport Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an apparent overdose in the early morning hours of June 29, 2016. When they arrived, they found a 25-year-old woman dead on a bedroom floor. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the woman died of acute heroin, cocaine and alcohol intoxication.

An investigation revealed that the day before, the woman's boyfriend had purchased a quantity of heroin from Piske and that later that day, she and her boyfriend had ingested some of the heroin they purchased, Daly said. The boyfriend reported that the had passed out from the heroin, and that when he awoke, his girlfriend was dead.

Piske was arrested on Sept. 29, 2016, and was released on a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15, at which time he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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