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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 5, 2019

Wallingford Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Distributing Amphetamines

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TIMOTHY ESTRIDGE, 38, of Wallingford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing amphetamines.

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 December 16, 2017, the Wallingford Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a Wallingford residence after a 9-1-1 call reported the untimely death of a 38-year-old male.  The caller who reported the death did not leave contact information and was not on scene when responders arrived.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  At the residence, investigators seized evidence of illicit drug use, including a small plastic baggy containing approximately eight suspected oxycodone pills, a glass dish with white powder residue, a broken credit card, pieces of wax folds commonly used as heroin packaging, a used plastic syringe, and prescription pill bottles.

One of the pill bottles recovered was an empty bottle, in Estridge’s name, for 30 10-milligram Adderall pills.

The State of Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim’s cause of death to be intoxication of a combination of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, alprazolam, amphetamine, and ethanol.

The investigation revealed that, on December 1, 2017, Estridge filled a prescription for Adderall, which contains amphetamine, and subsequently distributed the pills to the victim.

The investigation further revealed that, on multiple occasions between July and December 2017, Estridge possessed and distributed heroin and amphetamines.

Estridge was arrested on April 3, 2018.  On October 17, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, amphetamine.

Estridge has been detained since October 6, 2018.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated April 5, 2019