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Synthetic Drug Distributor In Fairfield County Pleads Guilty

District Court in Bridgeport.
District Court in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Google Maps

A drug distributor from Fairfield County is facing 20 years in prison for importing and distributing synthetic drugs and PCP in Connecticut.

Bridgeport resident Michael Young, 48, has pleaded guilty in Bridgeport district court to one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances for his role in a near two-year scheme.

In August last year, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service identified a suspicious package destined for Young’s Bridgeport residence, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. The package had been shipped from a California business that marketed and sold herbal products for smoking purposes.

A court-authorized search of the package found a “leafy plant-like substance commonly used as a base to absorb synthetic drugs dissolved in liquid form.” 

Durham said that investigators learned that Young has a state criminal conviction from 2014 related to the distribution of synthetic drugs, and that two international shipments containing synthetic drugs destined for Young’s residence had been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in November 2016 and July 2018.

During a search on Aug. 21 last year, investigators found more than a kilogram of synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones, approximately 21 grams of Phencyclidine (PCP) in liquid form, drug packaging materials and $1,700 in cash.

Young has been detained since his arrest on Aug. 21 last year. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 23, when he will face a maximum term of up to 20 years in prison.

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