Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

July 17, 2015

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

North Haven Man Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Federal Prison For Trafficking Prescription Narcotics

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson 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 Brian Earl, 40, of North Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking prescription narcotics.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Ansonia Police Department initiated an investigation into James Costanzo, who had been identified as an illegal distributor of narcotic pharmaceuticals in Ansonia.  The investigation, which included multiple controlled purchases of oxycodone and the use of electronic surveillance, revealed that Costanzo sold prescription narcotics to numerous customers from his Dwight Street residence.  The investigation further revealed that Earl supplied Costanzo with large quantities of oxycodone and other prescription narcotics, and also sold drugs to his own customers.

Earl and Costanzo were arrested on January 23, 2014.At the time of his arrest, Earl possessed $2,557 in cash, and a search of his North Haven residence revealed approximately 11,000 prescription pills, including oxycodone and oxymorphone.  On February 17, 2015, Earl pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone and oxymorphone.  On February 27, 2015, Costanzo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone and oxymorphone, and one count of knowingly engaging in a monetary transaction involving criminally derived property. He is detained while awaiting sentencing.

This investigation has been conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, the Ansonia Police Department and the Fairfield Police Department. 

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