Bristol man sentenced to more than 2 years for selling heroin to Southington woman who fatally overdosed

Bristol man sentenced to more than 2 years for selling heroin to Southington woman who fatally overdosed



A Bristol man was sentenced to more than two years in prison Thursday for selling heroin to a Southington woman who died of an overdose in 2017.

Roger Tuscano, 48, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in June to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.

The 54-year-old Southington woman suffered an overdose in April 2017. First responders attempted to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to a hospital but later died, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Police seized four wax folds of heroin from the scene.

Further investigation determined her death was caused by a combination of heroin and clonazepam, the statement said. Clonazepam is a sedative that can have dangerous side effects when mixed with other drugs.

Authorities determined Tuscano sold heroin to the woman at a gas station in New Britain shortly before she overdosed.

—Bryan Lipiner


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