Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

June 06, 2017

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: 617-557-2100

Waterbury Man Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Distributing Fentanyl To Naugatuck Overdose Victim

Hartford, Conn. - Aurelle Huckabee, 22, of Waterbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl to an overdose victim. The sentence was announced by Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the early morning of July 7, 2016, Naugatuck Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a Naugatuck residence on a report of a suspected overdose.  The victim, a 31-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Investigators seized two bags of suspected heroin and/or fentanyl, as well as the victim’s cellphone, from the scene. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined that the victim died as a result of “acute fentanyl intoxication.”

The victim’s cellphone contained hundreds of text messages between the victim and Huckabee.  The text messages revealed that Huckabee regularly supplied heroin to the victim in the weeks preceding the victim’s death. 

Huckabee has been detained since his arrest on January 4, 2017.  On March 9, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin. 

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Naugatuck Police Department.  The Tactical Diversion Squad includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe and Fairfield Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.

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