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Arrest made in heroin overdose death

10/22/2014 07:46PM ● By Lev

On Oct. 21, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and Tredyffrin superintendent of police Anthony Giaimo announced the arrest of Dillon Quinn for drug dealing resulting in death. Quinn delivered heroin to Colin Grady Finn, who overdosed and died.

“Every drug dealer knows that the poison they are distributing could kill somebody,” Hogan said. “This is particularly true with heroin dealers. If you distribute heroin that kills somebody in Chester County, you are going to feel the full weight of the criminal justice system.”

Superintendent Giaimo said, “We have experienced a significant upward trend in heroin usage in the recent years. This illegal drug consistently yields tragic results as exemplified in this case. Partnering with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, state agencies, federal agencies, and local support groups, we are fully committed to finding a holistic answer to this emerging epidemic. Further, Tredyffrin Township Police Department has been working with focus groups such as ARCH (Area Residents Caring and Helping), Chester County NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education), and Kacie’s Cause (Town Meetings) to support our community while spreading the word about this alarming drug trend.”

The case against Quinn began on Aug. 8, 2014, when Tredyffrin police officers discovered the body of Finn, 19, at his home in the 300 block of Irish Road in Berwyn. He was face down in his bed. Officers found six blue wax wrappers, four of which had a unique stamp, "Platinum Label," on them, indicative of heroin packaging. An autopsy and toxicology screening revealed that the victim died from a heroin overdose.

Officers discovered that the victim had made arrangements to meet the defendant at the Overbrook train station in Philadelphia to purchase heroin on Aug. 7. The defendant first bought the same heroin found in the victim’s home from another person near the Overbrook train station. The defendant then delivered a portion of this heroin to the victim. The victim and the defendant then traveled back to Chester County, where the victim used the heroin, overdosed, and died.

The defendant was arrested by Tredyffrin police officers. His bail was set at $200,000 and he was committed to Chester County Prison after he failed to post bail. During an interview with investigators that is detailed in the affidavit, Quinn was remorseful and said, "I killed my best friend."

Hogan added, “This case is a grim reminder to all heroin dealers and users. Heroin will lead you straight to jail or your grave.”

The Tredyffrin Police Department’s investigation was assisted by the Chester County Detectives.