New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Possession, Intent to Distribute K2

A New Haven man has plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid known as "K2."

The U.S. Department of Justice said 47-year-old Quintin Staggers, of New Haven, plead guilty before a judge on Wednesday.

The plea comes after a joint investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies into the distribution of K2 on the New Haven Green back in July.

Investigators conducted a trash pull at Staggers's house on Farren Avenue on July 20 and discovered suspected K2 packaging, according to court documents and statements made in court.

The packaging and residue were submitted to the DEA's forensic laboratory for testing, where they confirmed the presence of AMB-FUBINACA, a synthetic cannabinoid, officials said.

Staggers was arrested on August 16.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2019, where he could face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. Staggers is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.

The DEA's New Haven Task Force and Branford and New Haven Police Departments are investigating the incident.

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