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North Branford Man Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging SCOTT MATHEWS, 34, of North Branford, with one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

The indictment was returned on November 7, 2018.  Mathews appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge, and was released on a $100,000 bond.

This matter stems from an investigation into the overdose death of a 39-year-old man at a hotel in Meriden in November 2017.

The indictment alleges that, on November 8, 2017, Mathews distributed heroin and fentanyl.

If convicted of this charge, Matthews faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Meriden Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha Freismuth.

Updated November 19, 2018

Drug Trafficking