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Bridgeport Man Guilty of Heroin Distribution Offenses

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on January 31, 2020, a federal jury in New Haven found DEWAYNE JOYNER, also known as “Weezy,” 35, of Bridgeport, guilty of heroin distribution offenses.

According to the evidence presented during the trial, during the summer of 2017, members of the ATF, DEA and Bridgeport Police Department, who were investigating narcotics trafficking in Bridgeport’s East End neighborhood, learned that Joyner was selling heroin.  In September 2017, investigators conducted controlled purchases of heroin from Joyner.  The investigation revealed that Joyner was staying at a hotel in Bridgeport, and was storing narcotics in his hotel room.

Joyner was arrested on September 12, 2017.  At the time of his arrest, a search of his person revealed a quantity of heroin, $1,326 in cash, four cellphones and his hotel room key.  A search of the hotel room revealed more than 250 grams of heroin and items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

The jury found Joyner guilty of one count of one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a quantity of heroin.  Joyner was found not guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a quantity of heroin.

Joyner, who has been detained since his arrest, faces at least five years of imprisonment when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer.  A sentencing date is not scheduled.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The DEA Task Force includes personnel from the DEA, Connecticut State Police and Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Milford, Bridgeport and Trumbull Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Vizcarrondo and Sarala Nagala.

Updated February 3, 2020

Drug Trafficking