Dealer charged with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death

GOLDEN, Colo. (Jul. 20, 2023) – Brock Troy Nieuwendorp has been charged with one count of fentanyl distribution resulting in death following a months-long investigation conducted by the Lakewood Police Department.

This charge is in connection with the alleged sale of fentanyl by the defendant to the victim, leading to the victim’s tragic death. This marks the first prosecution in our jurisdiction since the implementation of Colorado’s HB22-1326.

On Apr. 29, 2023, Agents from the Lakewood Police Department were dispatched to the apartment of twenty-five-year-old Catherine Hackim after her parents had been unable to contact her. Upon entry, Hackim was found deceased on her couch, with no apparent injuries or cause of death. Agents were aware that Hackim was known to use fentanyl and eventually located a drawer in the bathroom with a small bag of blue M30 fentanyl pills.

On May 30, 2023, the autopsy report revealed that the cause of death was listed as accidental due to combined drug intoxication. The toxicology report listed a high level of fentanyl and its metabolites and the combination of Norbuprenorphine and Buprenorphine. Norbuprenorphine and Buprenorphine are indicative of the prescription drug Suboxone, which is prescribed to individuals who are experiencing opiate withdrawal symptoms. Hackim was prescribed Suboxone at the time of her death.

Lakewood Agents received information that led to the identification of Nieuwendorp. Through cell phone records and payment apps, Agents identified Nieuwendorp as the individual who sold fentanyl to the victim. Nieuwendorp is accused of providing fentanyl to Hackim on numerous occasions dating back to February, including on the date of her death, Apr. 28, 2023.  

Nieuwendorp was advised of the charges on Tuesday and is set for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 18 at 8:30 am.

Charges are merely legal allegations; Mr. Nieuwendorp is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.