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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 11, 2019

New Haven Heroin Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CURTIS DRAUGHN, also known as “Kirk,” 63, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing 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, following the December 2016 overdose death of a 33-year-old New Haven man, investigators determined that the victim had called “Kirk” prior to his overdose.  In May 2017, investigators contacted “Kirk,” who was identified to be Draughn, asking about purchasing heroin.  In May, June and August 2017, investigators made three controlled purchases of heroin from Draughn.

Draughn was arrested on October 25, 2017.  On October 23, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated February 11, 2019