Hartford man pleads guilty in Southington overdose death

Published on Sunday, 26 May 2019 21:15


BRIDGEPORT - A Hartford man has pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl to a man who died of an overdose in Southington.

Edgardo Rivera, 27, waived his right to be indicted Thursday in federal court and pleaded guilty to fentanyl distribution and firearm possession offenses. He is being detained until his sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 21.

According to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southington police and medics responded to a home in their town on July 17, 2017, on the report of an unresponsive man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, where police found bags of fentanyl. His death was caused by acute fentanyl toxicity.

According to federal officials, an investigation revealed that the victim had bought fentanyl from Rivera the day before his death.

Additionally, investigators in May and June of 2018 conducted controlled purchases of fentanyl and heroin from Rivera. He was arrested on Oct. 5, when he was found with 300 grams of controlled substances, including heroin and fentanyl, a loaded 9mm pistol and more than $14,000.

Rivera on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a narcotics trafficking offense.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Sunday, 26 May 2019 21:15. Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2019 21:17.