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Overdose Death Leads To Drug Trafficking Charges For CT Man

U.S. Federal Court in Hartford.
U.S. Federal Court in Hartford. Photo Credit: File

An alleged drug dealer in Connecticut has been brought up on multiple charges after allegedly selling a series of drugs to a 38-year-old man who later died of an overdose.

John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a grand jury in Hartford has returned a four-count indictment on Thursday charging Wallingford resident Timothy Estridge, 37, with multiple drug charges.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 16 last year, the Wallingford Police Department and paramedics were dispatched to a local residence following an emergency 911 call where the caller reported the death of a 38-year-old man. Durham noted that the person who reported the death did not leave contact information and was not on scene with first responders got to the Wallingford home.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, where investigators seized evidence of drug use, including a plastic baggy containing approximately eight suspected Oxycodone pills, a glass dish with white powder residue, a broken credit card, prescription pill bottles, piece of wax folds commonly used as heroin packaging, and a used plastic syringe.

The State of Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner later determined that the victim’s death was through an overdose of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, alprazolam, amphetamine, and ethanol.

It is alleged that from July to December last year, Estridge allegedly possessed and distributed heroin and amphetamines in Connecticut. He also allegedly supplied the drugs that were seized by police at the scene of the overdose.

The indictment charges Estridge with two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, amphetamine. Each count carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

The arrest 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.”

Estridge has been detained since his arrest on the federal complaint on April 3. He is due back in court later this year to answer the charges.

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