WESTON, Conn. — Two Hamden men have pleaded guilty to federal charges of providing the oxycodone used by a 22-year-old man who overdosed in Weston and was left in a "persistent vegetative state," officials said Monday.
The charges against Tahir Farid, 22, and Ryan Looney, 19, stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting drug dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
According to court documents and statements made in federal court, on Jan. 3, a 22-year-old Weston man purchased 30 40-milligram oxycodone pills from Farid for $900. He consumed some of those pills, as well as other substances. On Jan. 5, the victim was found unresponsive at a friend’s residence in Weston. He remains unresponsive and, according to medical personnel, is in a “persistent vegetative state.”
The investigation revealed that, before the victim’s overdose, Looney supplied Farid with oxycodone pills. Farid then distributed the pills to the victim.
Farid was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on Feb. 22, and Looney on Feb. 29.
On Monday, Looney waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone. He faces 20 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on Aug. 11.
On April 26, Farid pleaded guilty to the same charge and will be sentenced by Chatigny on Aug. 8.
The announcement of the guilty pleas was made Monday by U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, U.S. Marshals Service, Weston Police Department and Monroe Police Department. The Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.
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