Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

November 30, 2016

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Hamden Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Oxycodone Involved In Weston Overdose

NOV 30 - HARTFORD, 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 Tahir Farid, 22, of Hamden, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to six months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone involved in an overdose earlier this year.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 3, 2016, a 20-year-old male purchased 30 oxycodone pills from Farid in exchange for $900.  He then consumed some of those pills, as well as other substances, including Xanax.  On January 5, 2016, the 20-year-old male was found unresponsive at a friend’s residence in Weston.  He remains unresponsive, has no brain activity and is currently receiving care in a nursing home.

The investigation revealed that, prior to the victim’s overdose, Ryan Looney, also of Hamden, supplied Farid with oxycodone pills.  Farid then distributed the pills to the victim.  Farid was arrested on February 22, 2016.  On April 26, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone.  Looney pleaded guilty to the same charge and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6.  Judge Chatigny ordered Farid, during his three-year term of supervised release, to perform 120 hours of community service, and requested that the community service be directed at educating school-aged children about the dangers of using opioids. 

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, U.S. Marshals Service, Weston Police Department and Monroe Police Department.  The Tactical Diversion Squad includes members from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.

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