Eric R. Bouaphakeo

Eric R. Bouaphakeo, 21, of Berlin

(Jan. 25, 2019) A 21-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 11 on charges that he supplied the heroin that led to a fatal drug overdose in Berlin, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said.

Eric R. Bouaphakeo, of Berlin, was charged with possession of heroin and distribution of heroin, according to the sheriff’s office. He was held without bond following his appearance before a district court commissioner. 

Deputies went to the scene of an apparent fatal drug overdose involving a 20-year-old man on Jan. 8 in Berlin. Investigators learned the victim was allegedly getting his heroin from Bouaphakeo, according to the sheriff’s office.

If an overdose event occurs, the sheriff’s office said that anyone who calls 911 to report the incident is safe from prosecution or arrest under the Good Samaritan Law. The law covers the “individuals and/or the victim.”

The legislation, which was made effective in 2015, applies to several charges including possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of paraphernalia and providing alcohol to minors, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone who is struggling with addiction should visit the Worcester County Health Department’s website for more information at

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