Shelton Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin to Overdose Victim
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that that JORGE MORALES, also known as “Capone,” 30, of Shelton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin. Judge Bolden also ordered MORALES to serve the first six months of supervised release in home confinement.
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 15, 2016, a 21-year-old woman was found unresponsive at her Bridgeport residence and was transported to the hospital. She has since died. Bridgeport Police recovered two baggies of suspected heroin packaged in glassine baggies from the bed next to where the victim was located. The baggies were marked with a particular brand stamp. A cellular telephone seized from the victim revealed numerous calls and text messages between the victim and MORALES in the days leading up the victim’s overdose.
On April 15, 2016, law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of heroin, in baggies marked with the same brand stamp, from MORALES.
MORALES has been detained since his arrest on April 20, 2016. On July 13, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad with the assistance of the Bridgeport, Derby, Shelton, Monroe, Middlebury and Woodbridge Police Departments. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector.