Ledyard Man Who Distributed Heroin Involved in Overdose Death Pleads Guilty
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TIMOTHY PAPROCKI, 33, of Ledyard, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of distribution of heroin.
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 April 12, 2016, Groton Town Police responded to a report of a medical emergency involving a 25-year-old male. The victim, who had used heroin, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The investigation, which has included witness interviews and the review of cellphone records and text messages, revealed that the victim had arranged to purchase heroin from PAPROCKI. PAPROCKI then purchased the heroin from Rudy Hernandez and sold it to the victim.
PAPROCKI has been detained since his arrest on April 20, 2016.
Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for March 15, 2017, at which time PAPROCKI faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
On July 6, 2016, Hernandez, of New London, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin. On November 21, he was sentenced to 34 months of imprisonment.
This matter has been investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Town of Groton Police Department. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes members 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.