After man’s overdose death, alleged dealer charged with manslaughter

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man faced a judge Friday afternoon on charges including manslaughter, after the drug overdose death of a Berkley man.

After the victim, Marc Esperanca, 25, was found unresponsive by his mother at their family home on April 5, 2016, Massachusetts State Police tracked down Scott Reynolds, 25, by cell phone text messages. They believe Reynolds sold Esperanca the Fentanyl that killed him.

One of those text messages read, “on a serious note brother please be careful for real this is the best **** I have had yet so don’t do to (sic) much at once for real man,” according to the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

Police tracked Esperanca’s cell phone by GPS locations to the home of Reynolds’ girlfriend on Taylor Court in Norton, where Reynolds had been staying.

Friday, Reynolds pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include manslaughter, distribution of Fentanyl, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and possession of heroin. He’s due back in court October 20 for a pretrial conference and bail hearing; he’ll be held without bail until then.

Reynolds and his girlfriend, Katelyn Keough, 20, were arrested June 1 in a traffic stop, and police found two grams of heroin inside their car. Keough had outstanding warrants on unrelated matters, Quinn’s office said.

Keough was arraigned Wednesday at Fall River Superior Court on charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of a class A drug. She was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.

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