WESTON, Conn. — Two men from Hamden are facing federal drug charges in connection with an overdose that left a 22-year-old Weston man in a persistent vegetative state, federal authorities said in a statement Wednesday.
Both men were charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.
Tahir Farid, 21, was arrested Feb. 22 and released on $250,000 bond. Ryan Looney, 19, was arrested Feb. 29 and released on $100,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaints, the 22-year-old male victim was found unresponsive at a friend’s residence Jan. 5. He remains unresponsive and, according to medical personnel, is in a “persistent vegetative state,” the statement said.
The victim purchased 30 40-milligram oxycodone pills from Farid for $900 on Jan 3, the statement said. He then consumed some of those pills, as well as other substances, which led to his overdose, the statement said.
Looney had supplied Farid with the oxycodone pills, the statement said.
Each man faces a maximum prison term of 20 years if convicted.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Weston Police Department and the Monroe Police Department. The Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector.
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