Two Suspected Drug Dealers Indicted for Manslaughter in Death of Westfield Resident
November 7, 2016 -Springfield MA- The Office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni announced today the indictments of Daryn Sampson, 33 of Westfield, Ma and Gilka Rolon-Arroyo, 32 of Westfield, Ma, on charges of manslaughter in the death of Ms. Rebekah Swotchak, 31 of Westfield, Ma.
On February 9, 2015, officers from the Westfield Police Department executed a search warrant at the home of Daryn Sampson and Gilka Rolon-Arroyo. The search warrant was obtained after an investigation revealed heroin was being sold out of dwelling occupied by the two suspects. During the search of the apartment law enforcement officials seized approximately 50 bags of heroin ready for sale.
Arrested by the Westfield Police Department on charges relating to drug possession and distribution were: Daryn Sampon and Gilka Rolon-Arroyo.
The next morning, February 10, 2016, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Office was called to the scene of an unattended death.in Westfield, Ma by the Westfield Police Department.
Upon arrival law enforcement officials discovered the deceased, Ms. Rebekah Swotchak. The initial investigation into the Rebekah’s death pointed towards an accidental overdose of illicit narcotics, which was later confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
While on scene, detectives from Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit were informed by detectives from Westfield Police Department that on the previous day a search warrant that led to the arrest of two people suspected of selling heroin took place in the same building which Rebekah lived in.
Through the subsequent investigation evidence was discovered that allegedly shows both Daryn Sampson and Gilka Rolon-Arroyo were Rebekah’s drug dealers.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “The indictment of these two suspects on manslaughter charges shows our continued commitment to aggressively enforce the law against those who profit from addiction. As in this case, if there is nexus between a victim’s fatal overdose and a drug dealer, we will investigate and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law, up to and including charges of manslaughter.”
On November 2, 2016 a Hampden County Grand Jury returned indictments on both Daryn Sampson and Gilka Rolo-Arroyo on charges of: Manslaughter, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance Class B (Fentanyl), Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance Class A (Heroin), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Class A (Heroin) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Class B (Fentanyl)
Daryn Sampson has been arraigned, is currently in custody and being held on $50,000 cash bail.