BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 23-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday on charges of selling heroin after a fatal overdose in Trumbull, according to federal law enforcement officials.
He was charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, according to U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly, and Michael J. Ferguson, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.
The charges against Jevaughn Watson stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
The case began when Trumbull police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Trumbull on Aug. 18, and found an unresponsive 25-year-old woman on the floor of a bedroom, the statement said.
The victim was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Investigators searched the victim’s pocketbook and found several empty wax folds and some wax folds that were suspected of containing heroin.
Analysis of text messages on the victim’s cellphone revealed that the she had ordered heroin from Watson several times in the two months before her death, according to officials.
Watson was ordered to be detained after he appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport Resident Office, the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Trumbull and Monroe Police Departments, with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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