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63-Year-Old Dealer Sentenced After Admitting To Distributing Heroin That Led To Fatal Overdose

U.S. District Court in New Haven.
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A 63-year-old Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than a year behind bars after admitting to distributing heroin that led to a fatal overdose.

New Haven resident Curtis "Kirk" Draughn has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in court to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, for his role in the overdose death of a 33-year-old man.

The sentencing comes as part of an "ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users."

According to police, following the fatal overdose in December 2016, investigators determined that the victim had called “Kirk” prior to his overdose. In May last year, investigators contacted “Kirk,” who was identified to be Draughn, asking about purchasing heroin. In May, June and August last year, investigators made three controlled purchases of heroin from Draughn.

Draughn was arrested on Oct. 25, 2017, and he was later indicted by a federal grand jury on an indictment charging him with the three heroin sales and he pleaded guilty in October last year.  

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