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Man, woman charged in heroin death that led mother to create iCare support group

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 3/14/18

An Elizabethtown woman and a Delaware County man have been charged with supplying the fentanyl-laced heroin blamed for the March 19, 2017 accidental overdose death of Elizabeth Loranzo in Londonderry …

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Man, woman charged in heroin death that led mother to create iCare support group

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An Elizabethtown woman and a Delaware County man have been charged with supplying the fentanyl-laced heroin blamed for the March 19, 2017 accidental overdose death of Elizabeth Loranzo in Londonderry Township.

Loranzo’s death led to the creation by her mother, Wendy Loranzo, of the Elizabeth Loranzo iCare Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support, financial and otherwise, to people who are battling addiction, depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, and alcoholism.

Abigail Morgan Fanus, 33, of the 100 block of Becker Road, was arrested by State Police on Feb. 27 and arraigned before District Judge David Judy March 1 on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and drug delivery resulting in death, both felonies.

She was released after posting $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing for Fanus has been set for March 19 before Judy.

State Police on Feb. 27 also filed identical charges against Teewon Michael Weah, 25, of the 500 block of Primos Avenue. Bail for Weah was also set at $50,000 but he was not listed as being in Dauphin County Prison as of Tuesday. Weah is also scheduled for a March 19 preliminary hearing before Judy.

According to arrest papers State Police filed with Judy, the heroin that Loranzo ingested was purchased from Fanus by Loranzo’s boyfriend. The boyfriend has not been charged.

Fanus purchased the heroin from Weah, who goes by the name “Chino,” according to arrest papers.

An autopsy of Loranzo’s body conducted by Dr. Wayne Ross, a forensic pathologist working for the Dauphin County Forensic Science Center, determined that Loranzo died from “acute fentanyl toxicity” and that the manner of death was accidental.

Police said that two controlled buys of heroin were made in March 2017 between Fanus and Loranzo’s boyfriend, both at or near the Giant in Middletown, according to arrest papers.

Following the second controlled buy, police after obtaining consent to search Fanus’s vehicle found 14 bundles of heroin, two Suboxone strips and approximately $2,600 in cash.

Fanus consented to a search of her residence, during which police confiscated a scale, empty glassine bags, and rubber bands.

State Police on March 31, 2017 filed drug charges against Fanus stemming from the controlled buys. The charges were pending in Dauphin County Court when the new charges involving the death of Elizabeth Loranzo were filed against Fanus on Feb. 27.

Police in arrest papers said that Fanus had been using and selling heroin since 2013 to support her own addiction.

On March 21, 2017, State Police purchased heroin from Weah through a confidential informant. Weah was taken into custody following a traffic stop and heroin was seized from the vehicle as a result of a search warrant.

Police also seized from Weah’s residence after executing a search warrant packaged heroin, raw heroin, marijuana and packaging and paraphernalia, according to arrest papers. He was arrested and charged with drug distribution offenses in Lancaster County, where Weah was residing at the time.