Police: Greenwich man arrested in undercover drug buy after fatal overdose of 18-year-old resident

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GREENWICH — A Greenwich man is facing felony charges of selling narcotics that caused a fatal drug overdose, with officers making the arrest after an undercover buy in Old Greenwich, according to his arrest report.

Meshach Kim, 31, of East Putnam Avenue, is due in Superior Court on Friday for arraignment on two felony counts of attempted sale of narcotics and attempted sale of a controlled substance, police said.

Officers were called to a drug overdose Oct. 28 that took the life of an 18-year-old male town resident, according to police Lt. Martin O’Reilly.

According to the arrest report, officers “identified a possible source of narcotics.”

Detectives made contact with Kim, who was the suspected source, and arranged a meet-up on Sound Beach Avenue on the same day as the overdose, the arrest report said.

Kim was found to be in possession of three paper folds containing heroin or fentanyl, or some combination of those narcotics, as well two pills that were determined to be a controlled substance, police said.

He was also cited with two misdemeanor charges of drug possession, police said.

Kim was later released without bail.

O’Reillly noted that there are a wide range of services available for anyone who is abusing hard drugs, and he urged people with addiction issues to reach out for help.

The investigation into the fatal overdose was still active, O’Reilly said, although he could not comment on whether further charges were pending against Kim.

“Obviously, we take narcotics violations very seriously,” he said.

Police in Stamford on Tuesday filed a manslaughter charge in a case that involved the sale of drugs that resulted in a fatal overdose.

Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Cummings filed a new charge of second-degree manslaughter against 26-year-old Rodney Spann Jr. on Tuesday. The Bridgeport man had been arrested last month on drug charges for his alleged role in the overdose death last year of a 39-year-old Stamford woman.

Spann has been in custody since last month, when he was arrested on a warrant charging him with sale of illegal drugs and conspiracy sale of narcotics, police said.

The arrest warrant states investigators used the woman’s cellphone history to determine she had purchased oxycodone pills through a Stamford “street dealer,” whom police identified as Spann.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the overdose and arrest.