On February 24, 2017 Detective J. Vella responded to the a report of a deceased subject. Upon arrival, Det. Vella found Ricardo Fernandez deceased in a bedroom. Det. Vella observed white paper baggies which later tested positive for fentanyl, heroin. The cause of death was listed as combined drug intoxication.
Through investigation, Det. Vella spoke with multiple witnesses. One of the witnesses stated that they had known the defendant and purchased heroin from him on numerous occasions. On February 23, the witness met the defendant at the Franklin Mills Mall and purchased heroin. While at the mall, the witness watched the defendant sell Mr. Fernandez the same heroin. This witness also told the detective that the defendant admitted to selling Mr. Fernandez the heroin that killed him.
Det. Vella interviewed with another witness who also had purchased heroin from the defendant on numerous occasions. This witness elaborated that the defendant had stated there was fentanyl in the white baggies. The defendant also told the witness he learned of Mr. Fernandez's death through social media and stated it was his heroin that killed Mr. Fernandez.
On April 25, 2017, Bensalem Township Detectives responded to a residence where they found Morgan Bazik deceased in his bedroom. Detectives located baggies which later tested positive for fentanyl. The cause of death was listed as fentanyl intoxication and the manner of death listed as accidental.
Detectives later discovered another witness who had overdosed the day prior to Mr. Bazik. Detectives interviewed the witness who told them that they met with the defendant on April 23 and the defendant was with Morgan Bazik.
Bensalem Detectives spoke with another witness regarding the overdose of Mr. Bazik. This witness would purchase and use heroin with Mr. Bazik The witness told detectives that in the early morning hours of April 24th the witness and Mr. Bazik agreed to purchase heroin from the defendant. The defendant told detectives this bag was stronger than the bag purchased the day before and was sick from it.
After a thorough investigation by Falls Township Police, Bensalem Police and the Grand Jury, police charged the defendant with Drug Delivery Resulting In Death.