Two charged in drug distribution that resulted in fatal overdose

"The suspect, Morrison, told police that he took fentanyl pills...knowingly took fentanyl pills, crushed up the pills, disguised them in cellophane, provided it to both the male and female, watched them ingest it and then left."

PAWTUCKET, R.I (WLNE)- Two people were charged in a fatal January overdose death in Pawtucket. Police said 32-year-old Walik Morrison supplied the victim with the drugs that led to the overdose. 

A grand jury also charged his roommate, 32-year-old Christina Ait Assi. Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs.

Morrison was also charged with controlled substance delivery resulting in death.

Pawtucket Detective Captain David Holden said someone who also overdosed helped police crack the case.

“We discovered that the individuals who overdosed, the female that passed away…they thought they were ordering cocaine,” he told ABC6 News.

“The suspect, Morrison, told police that he took fentanyl pills…knowingly took fentanyl pills, crushed up the pills, disguised them in cellophane, provided it to both the male and female, watched them ingest it and then left.”

Investigators searched the home and found 2.7 lbs of marijuana, 8 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of fentanyl, and 726 counterfeit pressed pills containing fentanyl.

“An awful lot of work went into this. This was important to us. Anytime we have information and we can track down individuals responsible for the sale of narcotics, especially death resulting, we have a full court press on this.”

Pawtucket’s Public Health and Equity leader Elizabeth Moreira works within the community in prevention, treatment, and recovery, told ABC6 fentanyl is a very cheap, synthetic substance that dealers often cut into drugs they sell.

“A very, very small amount can basically take someone’s life away,” she explained.

From January of 2021 to September the City saw 21 deaths from accidental overdoses.

“This is the time- April, May, June. This is where we see a lot more cases.”

Morrison was ordered held without bail and Ait Assi was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and placed on home confinement.

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