Norwich police have arrested three men in connection with an on-going investigation in their city surrounding the sale of fentanyl laced heroin.
Police found Jonathon Fisher, 34, Joseph Hirschfeld, 19, and Raymond Belardo, 37, in a hotel room during a search and seizure warrant execution.
The trio is believed to be connected in the sale of the laced heroin which was connected to two overdose incidents over the weekend, one which was deadly.
In both the overdose cases police found bags of heroin stamped with red-colored ladybugs. Upon further testing, police said the heroin was found to test positive for fentanyl.
Police found several bags in the hotel room with the same ladybug stamp, along with narcotics, marijuana, packaging materials and cash.
"This is the sickening part. There's not enough rehabs. There's no place to put these people that are looking to get then help," said Lisa Johns, who lost her son to drug addiction.
She said she lost her 33-year-old son Christopher to addiction a year-and-a-half ago. She then founded an organization called Community Speaks Out, to help families with loved ones suffering from addiction to get help.
On Tuesday night, her friend lost her second son to a heroin overdose in Groton.
"I'm at a loss today. For this, his poor mom, because it was her second child that died. Its heart wrenching and we have to change. My son's face is going to be the face to make the change, I promise you that," Johns said.
While Johns said state and local police agencies are doing a better job cracking down on the source of the powerful and deadly drugs, community leaders said they need to be more vocal about educating young students about the dangers of falling into drugs.
"Our latest venture is to collaborate with the kids by themselves to kind of have a method of expression that they will relate to other kids to become their own leaders then they could send the message to their peers one-on-one," said Priscilla Melecio, who is the community coordinator of the coalition.
On Thursday, Johns will share her story and loss with state lawmakers.
Police have not released details into the charges Fisher, Hirschfeld and Belardo could be facing or when they could be expected in court.
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