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Two arrested after weekend heroin overdoses at SUNY Oswego


OSWEGO — City police arrested two men on felony drug charges following three heroin overdoses Saturday morning that left one student dead and two others hospitalized.

Brian T. Tumolo, 21, of Manorville, a hamlet on Long Island, was arrested early Saturday on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Police said Mr. Tumolo sold the heroin to two people, who overdosed on the drug.

He was arrested at 56 W. Bridge St., the residence where two of the overdoses occurred, reported.

One of the people to whom police said Mr. Tumolo sold the drug was 22-year-old Gabriel A. Gonzalez, of Bridgeport, Conn. Both Mr. Gonzalez and the other person were treated at Oswego Hospital and released.

The identity of the other person who overdosed has not yet been released.

Police said that after buying the heroin from Mr. Tumolo, Mr. Gonzalez sold the drug to a SUNY Oswego student on campus, who is believed to have died of a heroin overdose.

The Times has learned that Steven R. Wilock, 22, of Ballston Lake, was the student who died Saturday morning on campus. City police would not confirm his identity. Both he and Sean D. DeMerchant Jr., also 22, who died April 24 of a drug overdose, were SUNY Oswego students and graduates of Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park.

Mr. Gonzalez sold the heroin at 6 p.m. Friday, police said.

Mr. Gonzalez was arrested late Monday afternoon by members of the Oswego City Police Anti-Crime Team and charged with one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Police said Mr. Tumolo also was found with 40 bags of heroin that he possessed with the intent to sell. He was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Oswego County jail on $10,000 cash bail.

Mr. Gonzalez was being held at the jail pending arraignment in City Court.

Sgt. Chance Fieldson said the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and state Department of Health are rolling out an initiative for law enforcement agencies to collaborate with local partners to offer naloxone, also called Narcan, a nasal spray used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.

First responders do not now have access to Narcan, reported Monday.

Sgt. Fieldson did not say whether city police would be interested in participating in the program.

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