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Ramon Gomez was sentenced to eight years in federal prison on Tuesday for his role in the fatal heroin overdose of a 17-year-old girl he trafficked into prostitution, officials said.

Gomez, 41, of Uncasville, also faces five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty in November 2016 to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Federal prosecutors said that in the early morning hours of May 29, 2016, Groton police responded to a town motel for the report of an overdose. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, was administered two doses of Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, but they were unsuccessful and she died in a hospital later that morning.

An investigation revealed Gomez, who knew the victim was under the age of 18, had brought the girl to the motel to engage in prostitution. The girl stayed with Adele Bouthillier, who was also engaged in prostitution, prosecutors said.

Bouthillier had purchased heroin from Gomez and she gave it to the victim. In October, Bouthillier was convicted and sentenced to four years in federal prison for her role in the girl’s fatal overdose.

Another man, Nestor Santana, of New London, admitted he provided Gomez with the heroin that killed the teen. He pleaded guilty to a heroin distribution offense stemming from the investigation, prosecutors said. Santana’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Gomez has remained in custody since his arrest on June 1, 2016.

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