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New Haven Man Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

MAY 17 (BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) –John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Jason Brodsky, 22, of New Haven, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2011, the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force initiated an investigation into a series of suspected heroin overdose cases in the greater New Haven area, including one that resulted in the death of a woman in Milford on August 16, 2011.   The investigation revealed that Brodsky and his co-defendant, Ralston Williams, rented hotel rooms in the New Haven area and sold prepackaged heroin to a variety of customers.  Brodsky gave the cash from the heroin sales that he made to Williams.  Williams, in turn, would pay Brodsky by giving him bags of heroin for his personal use.

Judge Bryant found that Brodsky and Williams sold the heroin that caused the overdose death of the Milford woman.

On April 24, 2012, Brodsky pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

On May 29, 2012, a jury found Williams guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).  On May 14, 2013, he was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport and Stamford Police Departments.


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