Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Fentanyl-Laced Heroin to Overdose Victims
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ERICK DELGADO, 39, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 13 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to overdoses in April 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, in the morning of April 25, 2016, Bridgeport Police and medical personnel responded to a location on Washington Avenue on a report of a possible drug overdose. The overdose victim was revived with two doses of Narcan and was transported to the hospital. A friend of the victim, who was with the victim at the time and contacted medical professionals after the overdose, told investigators that he and the victim purchased heroin from an individual he knew as “Eric” in the area of Brooks Street and Ogden Street in Bridgeport. The victim subsequently identified DELGADO as the source of the heroin he used.
In the evening of April 25, 2016, Monroe Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive 48-year-old male at a residence in Monroe. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A subsequent interview with an acquaintance of the victim revealed that, on April 25, the victim and his acquaintance traveled to the area of Brooks Street and Ogden Street where the victim purchased heroin from DELGADO.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined the victim’s cause of death to be acute fentanyl intoxication.
On May 3, 2016, an individual working with law enforcement contacted DELGADO to arrange the purchase of heroin. When the individual and an undercover officer arrived in the area of Brooks Street and Ogden Street, they were met by DELGADO’s brother, Anoris Delgado, who subsequently provided them with 20 bags of heroin. The undercover officer purchased another 20 bags of heroin from Anoris Delgado on May 20.
DELGADO has been detained since his arrest on June 21, 2016. On October 27, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.
On October 25, 2016, Anoris Delgado pleaded guilty to the same charge. He awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, and the Monroe and Bridgeport Police Departments. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.