U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly for the District of Connecticut has set her sights this year on targeting those connected with overdoses in the state. Together with the DEA and local police departments, federal prosecutors are working quickly to bring charges against those who are presumed to be the suppliers in overdose cases around the state.
The following is a list of defendants charged since January in the state of Connecticut for alleged involvement in providing opioids to victims of overdose. The list and information presented here was created from news reports in the New Haven Register and publicly available federal court documents. This information was last updated on Aug. 11.
August 9: Kerry Scanlon, 20, of Avon, arrested and charged with distribution of heroin as it related to the overdose death of an 18-year-old man from East Haddam in March. Scanlon remains in federal custody.
June 27: Three were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances in relation to a series of overdoses in New Haven last week. Frank Pina, 57, Jerome Clay, Sr., 55, and Steven Whaley, 48, were all arrested after reportedly providing pure fentanyl to several people in New Haven. There are 17 overdoses, three of which were fatal, last Thursday in the city. The three defendants were reportedly the suppliers for 12 of the victims. All three defendants have pleaded guilty to federal charges.
June 21: Brothers Erick and Anoris Delgado, both of Bridgeport, arrested and charged with heroin distribution offenses after allegedly being the distributors in connection with two overdoses on April 25, 2016. The surviving victim was able to identify Erick as the supplier, police said.
June 15: Daquone Johnson, 24, of Bridgeport is charged with distribution of heroin after reportedly being the supplier of a 30-year-old woman who died of a heroin overdose in Monroe in early May.
June 8: Adele Bouthillier, 42, of Groton, and Ramon Gomez, 40, of Uncasville were arrested and charged with distribution of heroin after reportedly providing the drug to a 17-year-old girl who later died of a heroin overdose in a Groton hotel room.
April 21: Daniel Gamero, 23, and Charlie Tacuri, 19, both of Hartford, are believed to be involved with distributing heroin in the state with a specific brand of stamp on the bags. There have been four overdoses from heroin containing this stamp this year, according to law enforcement. Both have pleaded not guilty.
April 20: Timothy Paprocki, 33, of Ledyard, and Rudy Hernandez, 43, of New London, are both charged in connection with a fatal overdose of a 25-year-old Groton man on April 12. Hernandez is reportedly Paprocki’s supplier, who sold heroin to the victim. Hernandez has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
April 20: Jorge Morales, 29, of Shelton was charged in relation to a fatal heroin overdose of a 21-year-old woman in Bridgeport. Morales has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
April 12, 2016: Jonathan Fisher, 35, of Norwich, was arrested and charged with selling heroin to a 18-year-old man who died of a heroin overdose on April 9. Fisher has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
Mar. 9: A Bethel man was arrested in connection with a non-fatal heroin overdose of a woman on March 1 in Danbury. Ryan Budd, 25, of Bethel, is being detained on the charge and pleaded guilty.
Feb. 25: A Derby man was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin as it related to three overdoses earlier that month. One of the ovderdoses was fatal, according to court records. Bradley Commerford, 20, of Derby, has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 11.
Feb. 23: Two Hamden men were arrested and charged in relation to an oxycodone overdose on Jan. 5. Tahir Farid, 21, and Ryan Looney, 19, have both pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced in August.
Jan. 25: Three men were arrested and charged with distribution of heroin as it related to the fatal overdose of a 22-year-old man in Woodbridge on Nov. 19. Reginald Miles, Jr., 25, of Waterbury, and Kevin Foster, 23, of Middlebury have pleaded guilty in the case and are scheduled to be sentenced this summer. Wade Pettingill, 23, of Middlebury is also facing charges, but has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
- Anna Bisaro, New Haven Register