Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

February 16, 2017

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Waterbury Man Sentenced To More Than 4 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Heroin

FEB 16 - BRIDGEPORT, 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 Ronald Weaver, 38, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 52 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 11, 2016, Newtown Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Newtown on the report of a 30-year-old female who was in cardiac arrest.  The victim was transported to the hospital where she subsequently died.  Medical records and witness interviews revealed that the victim had a history of substance abuse, and the family of the victim turned over to law enforcement several wax folds of heroin, several empty folds and other drug paraphernalia.

The investigation revealed that the victim purchased heroin and other drugs from at least two sources in the days leading up to her death.  One of the sources worked as a “runner” who conducted drug transactions for Weaver.  Between June and August 2016, law enforcement made four controlled purchases of heroin from Weaver.  Weaver was arrested on August 9, 2016.  On October 5, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.  As part of his sentence, Weaver was ordered to forfeit a 2006 Infiniti M35, a 2007 Lexus ES350, and $1,956 in cash that was seized from him at the time of his arrest.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Newtown, Waterbury and Torrington Police Departments.  The Task Force 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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