WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Westfield couple has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of a woman who lived in their building last winter.
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman James Leydon told 22News that a Grand Jury on November 4th indicted 33-year-old Daryn Sampson and 32-year-old Gilka Rolon-Arroyo on charges of manslaughter, unlawful distribution of heroin and fentanyl, and possession of those drugs with intent to sell.
Leydon said that State Police Detectives attached to the Hampden County DA’s Office determined that Sampson and Rolon-Arroyo sold heroin and fentanyl to 31-year-old Rebecca Swotchak, also of Westfield. The Medical Examiner determined that Swotchack died of an accidental overdose on February 10th.
Sampson was arraigned in Hampden County Superior Court on the above charges on November 4th and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. Rolon-Arroyo is still on the loose, and police are looking for her.
DA Anthony Gulluni said, “The indictment of these two suspects on manslaughter charges shows our continued commitment to progressively enforcing the law against those who profit from addiction.”
Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan told 22News he’s pleased police are punishing heroin dealers. He said 6 people have died already this year from heroin overdoses.
Kelly Manos of Westfield said her friend died from overdosing on heroin; “I’ve personally known a few people who have gotten into it in their lifetime. I wouldn’t say it’s a huge epidemic here, but it’s bad. It’s not good.”
Mayor Sullivan said he’s working with Westfield High School staff to implement drug abuses resistance education into their curriculum starting next year.