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West Haven Couple Charged with Distributing Heroin

JAN 20 (BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Alyssa Jelliffe, 21, and Christopher Fogler, 29, both of West Haven, have been charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin.

Jelliffe and Fogler were arrested on Friday, January 16, and are currently detained.  Detention hearings are scheduled for January 23 in Bridgeport federal court.

According to the criminal complaint, on January 12, 2015, a 39-year-old male died from an apparent heroin overdose at a residence in Milford.  The investigation, which included analysis of text messages captured from the decedent’s cellular telephone, revealed that Jelliffe and Folgler sold the decedent $170 worth of heroin on the evening of January 11, 2015. 

On January 16, 2015, a court-authorized search of Jelliffe and Fogler’s residence revealed approximately 10 bags of heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, razor blades and cut straws.

Jelliffe and Fogler are each charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin.  The charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This ongoing investigating is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department.


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