Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge Related to Investigation of Stratford Overdose Death
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on November 13, 2018, TALVIN HINTON, 42, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of distribution of heroin.
This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 23, 2017, the Stratford Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a suspected overdose of a 25-year-old female at a Stratford home. The victim was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. At the scene, officers collected nine bags of suspected heroin and other evidence of drug use.
The State of Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim’s cause of death to be intoxication of a combination of heroin, fentanyl and other substances.
The investigation revealed that Hinton was the source of the narcotics purchased by the victim shortly before she died.
Between January and March 2018, investigators made four controlled purchases of heroin from Hinton. He was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on March 20, 2018.
Hinton is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport on February 5, 2019, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Hinton is released on a $25,000 bond pending sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, which includes personnel from the DEA, Connecticut State Police and Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Milford, Bridgeport and Trumbull Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha M. Freismuth.
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