BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Bridgeport man was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison Thursday for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to overdoses last April — and the death of one victim in Monroe, prosecutors said.
Erick Delgado, 39, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in federal court in Bridgeport.
According to court documents and court statements, Bridgeport Police and medical personnel responded to a Washington Avenue location on a report of a possible drug overdose last April. The overdose victim was revived with two doses of Narcan and transported to the hospital.
A friend of the victim, who was with the victim at the time and contacted medical professionals after the overdose, told investigators that he and the victim had purchased heroin from an individual he knew as “Eric” in the area of Brooks Street and Ogden Street in Bridgeport. The victim subsequently identified Delgado as the source of the heroin he used.
On the evening of April 25, 2016, Monroe Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an unresponsive 48-year-old male at a Monroe home. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. An interview with an acquaintance of the victim revealed that, on April 25, the victim had purchased heroin from Delgado.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined the victim’s cause of death to be acute fentanyl intoxication.
On May 3, a person working with law enforcement contacted Delgado to arrange to buy heroin. When the individual and an undercover officer arrived in the area of Brooks Street and Ogden Street, they were met by Delgado's brother, Anoris Delgado, who subsequently provided them with 20 bags of heroin. The undercover officer purchased another 20 bags of heroin from Anoris Delgado on May 20.
Delgado has been detained since his arrest last June 21. On Oct. 27, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin. On Oct. 25, Anoris Delgado pleaded guilty to the same charge. He awaits sentencing.
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.