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Bridgeport Man Who Distributed Heroin to Overdose Victim Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TALVIN HINTON, 43, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

This matter stems from a 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 September 23, 2017, the Stratford Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a suspected overdose of a 25-year-old female at a Stratford home.  The victim was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.  At the scene, officers collected nine bags of suspected heroin and other evidence of drug use.

The State of Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim’s cause of death to be intoxication of a combination of heroin, fentanyl and other substances.

The investigation revealed that Hinton was the source of the narcotics purchased by the victim shortly before she died.

Between January and March 2018, investigators made four controlled purchases of heroin from Hinton.  He was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on March 20, 2018.

On November 13, 2018, Hinton pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.  He has been detained since May 7, 2019, when his bond was revoked.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, which includes personnel from the DEA, Connecticut State Police and Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Milford, Bridgeport and Trumbull Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha M. Freismuth.

Updated October 15, 2019

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Opioids