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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 12, 2018

Danbury Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Distributing Heroin

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE GREGORY CHARON, also known as “Yoshi,” 32, of Danbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.  Judge Shea also ordered CHARON to serve the first six months of his supervised release in home confinement.

This prosecution is part of 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 April 9, 2017, the Danbury Police Department responded to a Danbury residence on a report of an untimely death of a woman.  Investigators collected from the scene three cellphones, a bottle of methadone and an empty glassine bag marked with a particular brand stamp.  Testing of the contents of the bag confirmed that it contained heroin. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the victim died on April 8, 2017, as a result of a methadone and benzodiazepine overdose.

In May 2017, investigators made two controlled purchases of heroin from CHARON.  Several of the bags of heroin purchased on both occasions were marked with the same brand stamp that was on the empty bag found in the overdose victim’s residence.

CHARON has been detained since his arrest on a federal criminal complaint on September 12, 2017.  On December 21, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Danbury Police Department and the Darien Police Department.  The Task Force includes members from the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Norwalk and Milford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Douglas P. Morabito and David C. Nelson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 12, 2018