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Dealer gets three years for laced crack

January 18, 2019

STAMFORD — A Waterbury drug dealer whose fentanyl-laced crack cocaine led to an overdose in Norwalk in 2017 was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail at the Stamford courthouse Thursday.

Derrick “Country” Wiggins, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of narcotics sales and a single count of second-degree assault related to the non-fatal overdose of Edward Greco.

Police were called to the Garden Park Motel on Westport Avenue in Norwalk on July 22, 2017 on the report of a drug overdose and found Grego unconscious.

Medics administered Narcan, which saved the Norwalk man’s life. Greco was quickly placed into the Intensive Care Unit and was intubated, Wiggins’ five-page arrest affidavit said.

Greco admitted to smoking crack cocaine and said that at 1 a.m. that morning he wanted to get high and called his regular dealer, but his supplier would not come out that late. Then he decided to call another dealer he knew as “Country.” He said Country hung out in South Norwalk around the chicken shack and had his number because Country texted him “every single day,” saying he was around and had crack.

When he contacted Country that morning he came to the motel and dropped off a $50 rock, the affidavit said.

Police quickly figured out the dealer was Wiggins and Greco identified him as the man who dropped the rock off to him that morning, police said. Officers called him to set up a buy, and Wiggins was arrested for selling crack to an undercover officer. Police tested the crack and found that it was cocaine laced with the powerful synthetic opioid Fentanyl, the affidavit said.

When Wiggins talked to police, he said he overdosed that same night as Greco and passed out for three or four hours and felt sick for two days after sniffing cocaine and smoking crack. At first he denied selling drugs to anyone, but later admitted to “serving” Greco by selling him the $50 rock of crack, the affidavit states.

After Thursday’s sentencing, Wiggins’ public defender Howard Ehring said the case was a difficult one to settle for less time, due to the facts of the case.

“The state is coming down pretty hard on these cases where Fentanyl is laced with other drugs like cocaine and heroin because it is so lethal. They are taking those cases very seriously,” Ehring said.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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