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Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl to Overdose Victim

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PERRY DeSHAZO, also known as “Hov” and “Amafia Hov,” 27, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffery A. Meyer in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin and fentanyl to an overdose victim in 2016.

This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 2, 2016, at approximately 1:35 a.m., Bridgeport Police responded to St. Vincent’s Medical Center after a report of a suspicious death.  Hospital staff told officers that a 40-year old female had been dropped off at the hospital and was dead upon arrival. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined that the victim’s death was caused by “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, heroin and alcohol.”

The investigation, which included witness interviews and analysis of cell phone records and social media sites, revealed that DeSHAZO supplied the narcotics consumed by the victim shortly before her death.

DeSHAZO has been detained since his arrest on July 17, 2017.  On January 2, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

DeSHAZO’s criminal history includes multiple convictions, and he was on state probation at the time of this offense.

This matter was investigated by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis and Peter Markle.

Updated May 10, 2018

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