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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wallingford Woman Admits Distributing Heroin to Overdose Victim

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 BRITTANY ESPOSITO, 27, of Wallingford, pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of distribution of heroin.  The charge 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 May 14, 2016, Old Saybrook Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of a suspected overdose at an apartment on Main Street in Old Saybrook.  The victim, a 26-year-old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Investigators seized the victim’s iPhone, one empty wax paper fold and several syringes.

The investigation, which has included the analysis of numerous text messages, revealed that ESPOSITO purchased heroin for the victim on credit and then provided the heroin to the victim on May 13, 2016.

ESPOSITO was arrested on June 16, 2016. 

Judge Covello scheduled sentencing for February 9, 2017, at which time ESPOSITO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

ESPOSITO is released on bond pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Old Saybrook Police Department, with the support and assistance of the Middlesex State’s Attorney’s Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 17, 2016