A Long Island man is under arrest in connection with the heroin overdoses of three SUNY Oswego students, police said.
Brian Tumolo, 21, of Manorville, allegedly supplied the powerful heroin that left one student dead and two others hospitalized Saturday, police said. Investigators believe the drug came from Long Island.
Oswego City Police Capt. Charles Tonkin said his department notified officials in the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program so they could warn the public. Nassau, Suffolk and New York City all participate in the HIDTA program.
Police Tuesday were trying to determine whether the heroin was laced with additives, such as the potent painkiller fentanyl. That additive is responsible for dozens of recent heroin overdoses across the Northeast, including several on Long Island, officials said.
Police said the heroin was brought to Oswego by Tumolo, who sold it May 9 and 10 to two people who apparently overdosed. Both were treated at Oswego Hospital and released.
One of those, Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, resold the heroin to another person who fatally overdosed, police said. That person was found on the SUNY Oswego campus.
Upon learning of the apparently linked overdoses, the university issued an alert that said "Danger: Oswego heroin may be lethal."
Authorities said they seized 40 additional bags of heroin from Tumolo. He was arrested Saturday and arraigned in Oswego City Court on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. A judge ordered him held on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. His lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.