52 bags of Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Torrington home, police say

This story was originally published in the Register Citizen and written by Ben Lambert.  TORRINGTON >> Fentanyl-laced heroin and other items were seized and a Thomaston woman was arrested Thursday after search of a city home, police said. Jennifer Sayles, also known as “Pebbles,” 37, of 218 Bristol St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of crack cocaine and possession of heroin with … Continue reading 52 bags of Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Torrington home, police say

Federal law enforcement makes first Connecticut arrest for deadly opioid carfentanil

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Anna Bisaro.  BRIDGEPORT >> Federal authorities announced their first Connecticut arrest related to the possession of carfentanil, an opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Charles Thelusma, 43, formerly of Bridgeport, is in federal custody following his arrest on June 13. U.S. Magistrate Judge … Continue reading Federal law enforcement makes first Connecticut arrest for deadly opioid carfentanil

Yale School of Medicine holds symposium in New Haven on Connecticut opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez.  NEW HAVEN >> The country’s two previous opioid epidemics led to changes in federal laws and policy, but had other unintended effects that likely are helping to fuel the current drug crisis, according to a Yale professor. Yale University School of Public Health epidemiology and pharmacology professor Robert … Continue reading Yale School of Medicine holds symposium in New Haven on Connecticut opioid crisis

Powerful opioid carfentanil reaches Connecticut, claims first fatal overdose

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register and was written by Esteban L. Hernandez with additional reporting by Leslie Lake. The powerful synthetic opioid carfentanil has made its way to Connecticut and was part of a drug cocktail that claimed its first victim, a man who died in Norwalk. Officials last year said there was no clear indication the opioid, which the … Continue reading Powerful opioid carfentanil reaches Connecticut, claims first fatal overdose

Malloy applauds Connecticut House passing bill targeting opioid crisis

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register  HARTFORD >> The state’s House of Representatives unanimously voted Thursday to approve legislation introduced by Gov. Dannel Malloy addressing the state’s opioid crisis. A release from Malloy’s office on Thursday said the governor applauded the bipartisan vote to move forward legislation with several provisions aimed to help combat the state’s opioid crisis. The release came … Continue reading Malloy applauds Connecticut House passing bill targeting opioid crisis

Hamden man charged with distributing fentanyl disguised as oxycodone

NEW HAVEN >> A Hamden man was released from federal custody on a $100,000 bond Thursday after being charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl. Agustin Cirino, 29, was arrested on May 9 on the federal charge. Federal prosecutors say he was selling fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, disguised as oxycodone. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Cirino was … Continue reading Hamden man charged with distributing fentanyl disguised as oxycodone

Connecticut State Police arrest two suspected fentanyl suppliers in West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD >> Two people have been arrested after Connecticut State Police said they found numerous bags of the powerful opioid fentanyl and more than $3,000 in cash following a months-long investigation into a suspected drug supplier. Kevin Crabb, 36, and Renee L. Cottrill, 34, both of West Hartford, both face several charges after State Police said in a release they were found in possession of 51 grams of … Continue reading Connecticut State Police arrest two suspected fentanyl suppliers in West Hartford