A Fairfield County drug dealer has admitted to distributing counterfeit Xanax in the area that led to a fatal overdose.
Shelton resident Kamil Golebiowski, 27, has pleaded guilty in New Haven district court to one count of distribution of alprazolam, also known as Xanex, following an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old man.
On July 9 last year, members of the Seymour Police Department and paramedics were dispatched to a local home, where there was a report of a suspected overdose.
At the residence, they found the 29-year-old man dead. During the subsequent investigation, drug and non-drug evidence was recovered at the scene of the overdose, including the victim’s cell phone.
The cause of death would eventually be ruled acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine, etizolam, fentanyl, flubromazolam and heroin, according to the Connecticut State Medical Examiner.
Police said that analysis of the victim’s cell phone identified two individuals who purchased heroin and what they believed to be Xanax pills for the victim shortly before his death. Golebiowski was identified as the source of supply for Xanax to his victim.
From August last year through May this year, investigators made several controlled purchases of pills from Golebiowski. Analysis of those pills found that several were counterfeit. In June, investigators intercepted two packages mailed from Canada to Golebiowski that had nearly 1,500 counterfeit Xanax pills.
Golebiowski was arrested on June 19. His arrest and guilty plea came as part of a statewide initiative targeting drug dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl and opioids that cause overdoses.
He is currently released on $300,000 bond, pending sentencing, which has been scheduled for Jan. 4, when he will face up to five years in prison.
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