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A West Haven drug dealer was sentenced to federal prison in connection with the death of a Bridgeport man.
A West Haven drug dealer was sentenced to federal prison in connection with the death of a Bridgeport man. Photo Credit: Flickr

A West Haven man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl to a Bridgeport man who died after using the drug.

John Rodriguez, 37, was sentenced on Friday, May 4 by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 27 months of prison, followed by four years of supervised release. His victim overdosed on the drug in 2015.

John H. Durham, U,S Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said the case stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

Shortly after midnight on Nov. 7, 2015, Bridgeport Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Bridgeport after a 29-year-old male had been found unresponsive by his roommate.

The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital where, after several attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead.

The investigation, which included witness interviews and analysis of text messages, revealed that Rodriguez supplied what he believed to be heroin to the victim the day before the victim died.

A post-mortem toxicology report found fentanyl, marijuana and several anti-depressant drugs in the victim’s system, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Connecticut concluded that the victim died from acute fentanyl intoxication.

On Dec. 12, 2017, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the West Haven and Bridgeport Police Departments. 

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