Plea deal possible for man who facilitated friend's overdose

Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:14


PLAINVILLE - A Bristol man charged with giving drugs to a friend who overdosed at a local motel could be looking at a plea bargain.

Jacob Shoplick, 22, of 169 Gridley St., Bristol, appeared Tuesday, in Bristol Superior Court, where state prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said she’s hoping to work out a disposition in the case. She said she will likely extend a plea deal offer on the next court date, Aug. 22.

Shoplick, who is free on $10,000 bond, has been charged with illegal sale of heroin, illegal possession of cocaine, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and illegal possession of fentanyl. 

According to the police report, officers responded on March 22, 2017, at about 7:41 a.m. to the Advance Motel, at 124 New Britain Ave., on the report of an overdose. Officers and paramedics found a man - whose name and age have been redacted from the report - lying on the bed, struggling to breathe. 

The man regained consciousness after being administered Narcan, a heroin antidote. He was then taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

When police spoke to Shoplick, who called 911, he initially told them his friend had called him and asked him to meet him at the motel, the report said. When he arrived, he said, he found the man suffering from an overdose.

According to the report, Shoplick later admitted to police that he had bought crack cocaine and heroin earlier in the day, later giving some to his friend.

The friend snorted the heroin and began showing signs of an overdose within minutes.

Shoplick, according to police, also admitted that he removed some drugs from the motel room before police arrived.

During his arrest, he was found with a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl, police said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:14. Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:16.