A 24-year-old Trenton man was arrested Friday for providing fatal drugs to a Fallsington woman who died of an overdose.
Terrence L. Ridley is charged with drug delivery resulting in death along with related felonies in the March 22 overdose death of Amanda Risko, 24.
District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub stated about the case, “We’ve prioritized prosecution of drug delivery resulting in death cases here in Bucks County.”
According to a probable cause affidavit, Ridley supplied heroin / fentanyl as well as crack cocain to the victim and a male friend on March 21. An autopsy found Risko died of intoxication of fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, hydroxyzine and cocaine.
The friend, identified as Ronald Filderman, told police that he had given an acquaintance $60 to purchase the heroin and cocaine.
Filderman reportedly told Risko to only use one of the two remaining bags stamped with the word “Rolex,” but when he returned from work that evening he found Risko dead of an overdose, and both of the “Rolex” bags empty.
According to the affidavit, Filderman attempted to kill himself twice, once by drug overdose and cutting his wrists, before calling 911. Several days later, police interviewed him, and he identified Ridley as the supplier of the drugs.
On April 3, police used a third party to purchase a bundle of drugs from Ridley. As police watched, the person bought ten small wax bags of heroin/fentanyl, five of which were labeled “Rolex.”
In addition to drug delivery resulting in death, Ridley is charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a communication facility, and involuntary manslaughter. He is being held in Mercer County, pending extradition.
The Falls Township Police Department along with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Drug Strike Force handled the investigation. “Additional arrested are expected,” according to the release.
WBCB’s Jackson Sternberg contributed to this story.