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Fairfield Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Heroin, Fentanyl In Fatal Overdose

John Vibbert
John Vibbert Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A Fairfield man pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and fentanyl that later led to the fatal overdose of a 35-year-old man in Deep River, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

John Vibbert, 37, of Fairfield pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

According to court documents, on May 31, 2016 Connecticut State Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a home in Deep River and found an unresponsive 35-year-old male. Responders performed CPR and administered Narcan, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be "acute heroin and fentanyl toxicities."

Investigators looked at the victim's cell phone and interviewed a witness and discovered that the victim had contacted Vibbert the day before to purchase heroin, Daly said. The victim drove to a restaurant near I-95 in Bridgeport, where he met Vibbert to complete the purchase.

Vibbert was arrested on March 27, 2017 and was released on a $50,000 bond. He is due to be sentenced on Nov. 17, and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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