WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – A 30-year-old man was arrested in Winter Springs on homicide charges after police say he provided a man with heroin laced with fentanyl.
Christopher J. Toro was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of Alfonso Pagan.
According to Winter Springs police, officers were called to an overdose on Sept. 23. Pagan was found dead with three baggies of heroin and a hypodermic needle in his pockets, according to the report.
Police searched Pagan's cellphone and found text messages between Pagan and Toro the night before his death in which the two men exchanged messages about wanting to meet up.
Pagan eventually told Toro to "lose (his) number" before sending one final message at 10:35 p.m.
"I don’t wanna (expletive) with it any more my life is very important to me and u done let it take full control of u n the family ur startn to look like a teqato," Pagan texted Toro.
Toro replied a minute later, records show.
"Thank you for the advice pa take care," the message read.
Police said when they interviewed Toro about Pagan's death, Toro became "really emotional by crying, shaking and appeared to be in a daze while mumbling 'no, no, he never came by.'"
During a three-month investigation, authorities said they discovered that Toro gave Pagan fentanyl-laced heroin that resulted in his death.
In late November, the associate medical examiner determined Pagan's cause of death was combined drug toxicity, and it was his opinion that the proximate cause of death was from fentanyl and heroin, police said.
Toro was arrested on a charge of homicide resulting from the distribution of a controlled substance.