BRIDGEPORT - Two people from Waterbury have pleaded guilty to federal charges connected to the overdose death of a man in Plymouth.
Marilyn Vega, 35, and Bekim Muca, 46, each face a maximum of 20 years in prison after a man was sold what was purported to be Oxycodone but actually contained synthetic Fentanyl, according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Vega on Wednesday appeared in federal court in Bridgeport, where the 35-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, Oxycodone. Muca pleaded guilty to the same offense a day earlier.
According to federal officials, the charges against Muca and Vega stem from the overdose death of a 24-year-old man in Plymouth on April 10, 2017. First responders were called to a residence on the report of an apparent overdose. They performed life saving techniques before the victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
At the scene, police reported finding white powder on a nightstand near the victim. The powder turned out to be synthetic Fentanyl.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined the man’s death was caused by multiple synthetic Fentanyls.
Investigators examined the victim’s cell phone and found numerous text messages between him and Muca. An investigation found that the man first bought pills from Muca and then from Vega. Vega, federal officials said, was Muca’s supplier for pills.
The day before his death, the man drove from Plymouth to Waterbury to buy narcotics. Some of these pills were counterfeit and contained synthetic Fentanyl.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.