Bridgeport man pleads guilty in fatal Monroe OD

Authorities say he sold drugs to woman found dead in May of 2016

A Bridgeport man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to the heroin overdose that killed a woman in Monroe.

Daquone Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said 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.

On May 9, 2016, a 30-year-old woman was found unresponsive at a residence in Monroe. Police and medical personnel responded to the scene and administered multiple doses of Narcan to the victim, not identified by the U.S. Attorney.. The woman, who did not respond to the Narcan, was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. While administering aid to the victim, hospital staff located unopened heroin folds on her person. The substance within the folds later tested positive for heroin and fentanyl, and the Connecticut Office of the Medical Examiner has determined the victim’s cause of death to be acute heroin and fentanyl toxicity.

The investigation, which included witness interviews and analysis of calls and text messages to and from the victim’s phone, revealed that the victim ordered heroin from Johnson on the day of her death.

Johnson was arrested on June 13, 2016, after law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of heroin from him.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on June 22. He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

He is free on a $125,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, and the Monroe, Milford and Bridgeport police departments. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester police departments, and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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