Shelton Man Charged with Distributing Counterfeit Drugs
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KAMIL GOLEBIOWSKI, 26, of Shelton, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with various drug offenses related to the illegal distribution of counterfeit drugs. The charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
Following his arrest, GOLEBIOWSKI appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven and was ordered detained.
As alleged in the criminal complaint, on July 9, 2017, the Seymour Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of a suspected overdose at a residence in Seymour. At the residence, medical personnel pronounced a 29-year-old male deceased. Investigators seized drug and non-drug evidence from the scene, including the victim’s cell phone.
The State of Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim’s cause of death to be acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine, etizolam, fentanyl, flubromazolam and heroin.
The complaint alleges that analysis of the victim’s cell phone identified two individuals who purchased heroin and what they believed to be Xanax pills for the victim shortly before the victim died. GOLEBIOWSKI was subsequently identified as a source of supply for Xanax pills.
It is further alleged that, between August 2017 and May 2018, investigators made multiple controlled purchase of Xanax pills from GOLEBIOWSKI. Analysis of the pills revealed that they were counterfeit. In early June 2018, investigators intercepted two packages mailed from Canada and addressed to GOLEBIOWSKI. The packages contained approximately 1,400 counterfeit Xanax pills.
The complaint charges GOLEBIOWSKI with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a counterfeit substance; conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and use of a telecommunications facility in the distribution of narcotics.
U.S. Attorney Durham 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 Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Shelton Police Department and Seymour Police Department, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.