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Woman once saved from overdose now charged in Newfields drug death

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

October 11. 2017 11:46PM
SAMANTHA FITZMEYER 

NEWFIELDS — A Newmarket woman who was once revived from a drug overdose is now accused of providing the drug that killed a man last summer.

Samantha Fitzmeyer, 36, of 36 Gordon Ave., is being held on $10,000 cash bail or bond after her arraignment Tuesday on a felony count of dispensing or selling a drug that resulted in the death of Joseph Bragg of Newfields.

The 40-year-old Bragg died of a fentanyl overdose on July 29 at his home at 5 Dixon Ave.

In a police interview, Fitzmeyer, who was arrested Sunday, admitted to buying heroin for Bragg before his death, according to an affidavit by Newfields Lt. Michael Schwartz.

Bragg died at the home despite efforts by his brother, Daniel, and paramedics who tried to recuscitate him.

Daniel Bragg told police that Joseph Bragg had male and female friends over the night before and that they planned to see a movie and play miniature golf. They left, but after about an hour Joseph Bragg returned alone, went to his room and then came out and told his brother that he had passed out. The friends eventually returned and sat in the living room with Joseph Bragg while his brother went to bed, the affidavit said.

The next morning, Daniel Bragg told police that he found his brother in the corner near the closet bent forward with his legs folded underneath. He then called 911 and began performing CPR.

Police were able to identify Fitzmeyer as the woman who was at the home through information found on Joseph Bragg’s phone, according to the affidavit.

Police later learned that Newmarket rescue personnel had responded to Fitzmeyer’s residence on Aug. 10, 2015, for a drug overdose. She was revived after the ambulance crew used Narcan, a prescription medication that reverses the effects of an overdose, the affidavit said.

She was also hospitalized for an overdose in Manchester in January, police said, and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance in 2012.

Fitzmeyer later told police that she and the other man went with Bragg to Lawrence, Mass., to buy two half-gram bags of heroin for $30, the affidavit said.

She claims the three then returned to Bragg’s residence where she and the other man snorted one of the bags and Joseph injected the other.

She told police that the three then went to her home in Newmarket and later returned Bragg to his residence.

“Joseph then gave her $20 and asked her to buy him another half a gram of heroin,” the affidavit said.

Police said Fitzmeyer told them that she bought the additional heroin and gave it to him that night.

Fitzmeyer is due back in court Oct. 19 for a probable cause hearing.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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