Greenwich Police Make Second Arrest in Harris Case

New details emerge about the events leading up to Harris' accidental death on Jan. 7, 2011.

Greenwich Police recently made a second arrest in connection with the accidental death of Riverside teenager , who died of an apparent overdose at his Florence Road home in January.

George Carlos Ramirez, 20, of Hamilton Ave., was arrested via warrant and charged with distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess narcotics on Aug. 24, according to published reports. Ramirez reportedly turned himself into police upon learning of the warrant for his arrest.

Ramirez’s arrest follows the warrant arrest of , on charges of marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to possess narcotics.

As per a report in Greenwich Time, the warrants for both men reveal details about the events of Jan. 7, 2011, when Ramirez, Nelson and another friend visited Harris at his home, while he was sick with mononucleosis. The friends reportedly smoked marijuana and did other drugs together, the arrest warrant reportedly states.

Nelson and Ramirez reportedly told police that Harris did not drink that night, even though everyone else did. When asked if any drugs were involved, Ramirez reportedly initially told police no — however someone else who had been at the gathering that night told police she believed Ramirez had given Harris Xanax, according to the Greenwich Time report.

Later that same night, Nelson and Ramirez drove to New Rochelle, N.Y., to buy the painkiller Opana, according to the report. The three reportedly used the drug that night, after which Harris went to sleep in his room while the others slept in the basement, according to the report.

Harris was reportedly found unresponsive in his room at around 9 a.m., Jan. 8. Despite efforts by his father, Christopher Harris Sr., and medics who arrived on the scene to resuscitate, Harris later died at Stamford Hospital.

When police were trying to question Ramirez on Jan. 8., following the incident, he reportedly entered a bathroom and said he was washing his face — however officers heard a “rattle” in his pocket and found him to be in possession of a prescription pill bottle containg 21 pills of 100 mg sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft, the report states.

As per the report, a search of one of the friend's vehicles that night revealed a metal grinder, a glass smoking pipe and a single yellow pill in a deck of cards in a pocket of a jacket that was later identified as Opana. In addition a search of Nelson's vehicle revealed a container with marijuana and a metal grinder.

The State Medical Examiner's office ruled in April that Harris' death was an accidental overdose by acute opiate intoxication, according to the report, citing the arrest warrant for Nelson.

Sertraline was found in Harris' blood, according to the report.

Ramirez was released on a $2,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Greenwich police said one more arrest may be pending in the case.


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