Derby Man Connected to Multiple Heroin Overdoses Sentenced

A Derby man has been sentenced in prison for his connection to multiple heroin overdoses.

Bradley Commerford, 20, of Derby, was accused of allegedly selling and delivering heroin to at least one of the fatal overdoses in Derby and two non-fatal overdoses in Shelton.  

"While this defendant has faced difficulties and struggled with addiction himself, his reckless behavior cannot be excused," said U.S. Attorney Daly. "He regularly distributed heroin to teenagers and sold heroin after being convicted in state court of several serious felony offenses."

The overdoses resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man and the non-fatal overdose victims were 18 and 22 years old, prosecutors said. 

A task force made up of the U.S. Attorney's Office, DEA New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, detectives from Derby, Shelton, Ansonia and Monroe Police Departments came together to find the source of the heroin connected to the overdoses. 

Commerford was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison. 

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