Plymouth County Secures First Drug Dealer Manslaughter Conviction

Whitman man convicted of causing death of 25 year old woman

Brockton - A Wareham man is the first to be charged and convicted in Plymouth County of supplying the fatal overdose that caused the death of a 25-year-old woman, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced Friday.

After an eight-day trial, a Plymouth County jury convicted Steven D. Foss, born 9/15/81, of Wareham, of one count of Manslaughter and five counts of Distribution of a Class A Substance, Heroin.  Foss was also convicted on one count each of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance, Heroin, and Intimidation of a Witness.  He was found not guilty of one count of assault and battery.

On February 21, 2015, Wareham Police received a 911 call for a suspected drug overdose.  Upon arrival, police found the female victim, 25-year-old Paige Lopes of Wareham, already deceased.  

The medical examiner determined that Lopes died of acute Heroin intoxication.  At the time of her death, Ms. Lopes was found with an amount of heroin wrapped in lined notebook paper on her person.

As part of the State Police investigation, detectives determine that on February 21, 2015, Ms. Lopes purchased $80 worth of Heroin from Foss, ingested the drug and then died.  Through interviews, investigators determined that the victim purchased heroin from Foss through an intermediary.  Detectives used texts from the victim's cell phone to located the intermediary who then identified Foss as the seller.  Witnesses said Foss wrapped his product in white or yellow lined notebook paper.

As part of the investigated, Foss sold drugs to undercover investigators on four separate occasions in the winter of 2015.  Upon executing a search warrant on March 11, 2015, State Police seized a quantity of heroin as well as packaging materials, cell phones and approximately $3,400 in cash.  Foss was arrested that day.

Foss is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, April 6th at 2 p.m. in Brockton Superior Court.

Assistant DA Richard Linehan prosecuted the case, which was investigated by State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County DA's Office and Wareham Police Department.


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