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Accused Dealer Charged With Assault After Norwalk Overdose

Derrick Wiggins
Derrick Wiggins Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Waterbury man who was charged last month with selling Fentanyl-laced crack is now facing assault charges in connection with one of seven heroin overdoses that occurred in a single day in Norwalk in July, police said.

Derrick Wiggins, 43, had been arrested on Monday, July 24 in an undercover bust where police said he had crack cocaine laced with Fentanyl, a powerful opiate. The arrest came after a busy weekend where a total of seven people in Norwalk overdosed on crack laced with an opiate, police said. Two people died as a result of the overdoses.

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One of the overdoses took place at the Garden Park Motel on Westport Avenue on July 22, where a man was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment. Investigators were able to establish Wiggins as a person of interest in this overdose, police said. Based on Detective Dan Serio's investigation, police were able to obtain a warrant for Wiggins, charging him with involvement in the overdose, police said. 

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Wiggins was arrested while appearing in court on Friday. He was charged with second-degree assault and sale of narcotics. His bond was set at $100,000.

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