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Overdose Investigation Leads to Heroin Distribution Charge against Danbury Man

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, announced that JOSE GREGORY CHARON, also known as “Yoshi,” 31, of Danbury, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

CHARON appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and was ordered detained. The offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

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.

As alleged in the criminal complaint, on April 9, 2017, the Danbury Police Department responded to Danbury residence on a report of an untimely death of a woman. Evidence collected from the scene included three cellphones, a bottle of methadone and an empty glassine bag marked with a particular brand stamp.

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

It is further alleged that, 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.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and 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 matter is being investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Danbury Police Department. The Task Force includes members from the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Norwalk and Milford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito and David C. Nelson.

Updated September 12, 2017

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