STAMFORD — A Waterbury drug dealer whose fentanyl-laced crack cocaine led to an overdose in Norwalk in 2017 was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail this week.

Derrick “Country” Wiggins, 43, pleaded guilty in state Superior Court in Stamford to three counts of narcotics sales and a single count of second-degree assault related to the non-fatal overdose of Edward Greco.

Police were called to the Garden Park Motel on Westport Avenue in Norwalk on July 22, 2017 on the report of a drug overdose and found Grego unconscious.

Medics administered Narcan, which saved the Norwalk man’s life. Greco was quickly placed into the Intensive Care Unit and was intubated, Wiggins’ five-page arrest affidavit said.

Greco admitted to smoking crack cocaine and said he called his regular dealer when he wanted to get high around 1 a.m. that morning, but his supplier refused to meet him that late. He called another dealer he knew as “Country.” He said Country hung out in South Norwalk around the chicken shack and had his number because Country texted him “every single day,” saying he was around and had crack, the affidavit said.

When he contacted Country that morning he came to the motel and dropped off a $50 rock, the affidavit said.

Police determined the dealer was Wiggins and Greco identified him as the man who dropped him the drugs that day, the affidavit said.

Officers set up a drug buy with Wiggins, who was charged with selling crack to an undercover officer. Police tested the crack and found that it was cocaine laced with the powerful synthetic opioid Fentanyl, the affidavit said.

When Wiggins talked to police, he said he also overdosed that night. Wiggins said he passed out for three or four hours and felt sick for two days after sniffing cocaine and smoking crack, the affidavit said. He initially denied selling drugs, but later admitted to “serving” Greco by selling him the $50 rock of crack, the affidavit states.

Wiggins’ public defender Howard Ehring said it was difficult to get a lesser sentence for his client considering the evidence in the case.

“The state is coming down pretty hard on these cases where Fentanyl is laced with other drugs like cocaine and heroin because it is so lethal,” he said. “They are taking those cases very seriously.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com