A Fairfield County man will spend years behind bars after being busted selling heroin to undercover officers.
Bridgeport resident Talvin Hinton, 43, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to distributing heroin in the area, U.S. Attorney John Durham announced. The sentence stems from a statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
On Sept. 23, 2017, the Stratford Police Department and paramedics responded to a suspected overdose of a 25-year-old woman at a Stratford residence. The victim was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. At the scene, officers collected nine bags of suspected heroin and other evidence of drug use, Durham said.
The Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner determined that the woman’s cause of death was the intoxication of a combination of heroin, fentanyl and other substances. Further investigation determined that Hinton was the source of the drugs that led to the overdose, according to police.
Durham noted that, as part of the investigation, between January and March last year, undercover investigators made four controlled purchases of heroin from Hinton before his arrest on March 20, 2018. On Nov. 13 last year, Hinton pleaded guilty and has been detained since his arrest on May 7, when his bond was revoked.
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