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Ansonia Man Admits Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN BARNES, 70, of Ansonia, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between September 2017 and November 2018, law enforcement made five controlled purchases of 30mg oxycodone pills from Salvatore Perry of Shelton.  Perry sold between 30 and 60 pills each transaction.  The investigation revealed that Perry had purchased the pills from Barnes and others.  Barnes had a prescription for oxycodone, and he received a total of approximately $18,000 for selling the pills.

When he is sentenced, Barnes faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Barnes is released pending sentencing, which is not scheduled.

Perry previously pleaded guilty and, on January 22, 2020, was sentenced to 30 days of imprisonment and six months of home confinement.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

Updated June 23, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs