Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the arrest and unsealing of a Complaint charging THAYSHIKA TORRES with distributing the heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a non-fatal overdose and a subsequent fatal overdose of Elizabeth Stephens in December 2016. The Complaint also alleges that TORRES distributed heroin between September 2016 and December 2016. TORRES was arrested this morning by the NYPD, and will be presented later today before U.S. Magistrate James L. Cott in Manhattan federal court.
TORRES, 37, of the Bronx, is charged with two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin. TORRES faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count based upon her distribution of the heroin that led to Elizabeth Stephens’s non-fatal overdose on December 2, 2016, and her distribution of the fentanyl that led to Stephens’s fatal overdose on December 23, 2016.