Two brothers are facing a variety of drugs charges following an investigation into the overdose death of a Quincy man, the Winchester Police Department announced today.
Timothy Salvatore Sabbag, 24, of Winchester, was charged distribution and possession of heroin, marijuana, and diazepam in addition to conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Sabbag’s younger brother, Nicholas, 18, was charged with distribution of diazepam and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
The investigation began in February after a 25-year-old Quincy man died of a heroin overdose in Winchester. Police reviewed the man’s phone records and determined he communicated with Timothy Sabbag through text messages less than an hour before he died, according to the statement. The text messages showed the victim allegedly met with Timothy Sabbag just 12 minutes before calling 911 and before he was found unresponsive, police said.
“It is not enough to simply arrest drug dealers for dealing drugs,’’ Chief Albertelli said in a statement. “In this instance, our investigation showed that Timothy Sabbag sold heroin to a man minutes before he died of a heroin overdose. We need to hold these people accountable for not just the lives that they ruin, but also the lives that their products end.’’
Timothy Sabbag was arrested on July 11. Officers searched his home where they arrested Nicholas Sabbag, and found thousands of dollars in cash, marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
There were two confirmed overdose deaths in Winchester in 2014, according to the Winchester Police Department.
In March, amid a rise in heroin overdoses, Governor Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency and called on state public health officials to take action.