Monroe woman arrested in connection with Starbucks heroin overdose
A Monroe woman turned herself in on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics at Trumbull police headquarters Thursday, May 5, in connection with a fatal heroin overdose that happened at the Starbucks in Trumbull Center on Jan. 6.
Police said Christina Lee, 22, consented to a search of her vehicle after a 24-year-old Stratford man was found unconscious in the store’s bathroom and that investigators found needles, belts and other items used to inject heroin in her car.
There were also trace amounts of heroin found in envelopes that were inside the car, a Trumbull police captain said.
According to a report, Lee told police on the scene that she did not know that there were needles in the car and that she had picked the man up to go get coffee at Starbucks.
In her statement to police, Lee added that she did not know the man was going into the bathroom to shoot heroin. She testified that she did not supply him with the drugs.
The report confirmed that a needle and cotton swabs were found inside the bathroom and that there was heroin in the victim’s system at the time of his death. He was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Hospital later that afternoon.
Lee was not arrested at the scene in January, but after the investigation closed a warrant was obtained for her arrest.
After turning herself in on the warrant, Lee was processed and released with a promise to appear in court Wednesday, May 11.
According to the original report, police said the store’s manager was approached by a friend of the victim — Lee — who stated he had been in the bathroom for more than a half-hour.
The manager opened the door to find the victim lying face-down on the floor.
A day after the incident, employees at the White Plains Road business did not want to talk with The Trumbull Times about the incident.