Man Charged in Pair of 2017 Overdose Deaths
A Bensalem Township was charged Monday with delivering doses of heroin and fentanyl that killed two people in 2017.
Ryan Thomas Bittner Walsh, 24, faces two counts each of drug delivery resulting in death and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a criminal complaint filed before District Judge Michael W. Gallagher. His arraignment on the counts will be scheduled for a later date.
Walsh’s charges in the overdose deaths of 24-year-old Ricardo Fernandez and 20-year-old Morgan Bazik come as the result of tireless investigation by detectives from the Falls Township and Bensalem Township police departments.
Fernandez, of Falls, was found dead Feb. 24, 2017. Bazik’s death in Bensalem came two months later on April 25.
The men’s bodies were discovered inside their respective homes with packages containing heroin and fentanyl nearby. Though the packaging for the drugs was different — unlabeled baggies were found with Fernandez, while the drugs that killed Bazik came in baggies labeled "Scarface" — police determined that the source of the drugs was the same.
Utilizing a range of investigative resources, detectives learned Walsh had sold the drugs to both Fernandez and Bazik.
Deputy District Attorney Edward M. Louka is assigned to prosecute the case.
Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.