Shelton Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

A Shelton man plead guilty to charges stemming from a heroin overdose death, according to U.S. attorney’s office press release.

Officials said Jorge Morales, 30, plead guilty Thursday to distribution of heroin. Morales was arrested in connection with the overdose death of a 21-year-old woman from Bridgeport. According to court documents, the victim was found unresponsive in her home on April 15 and was transported to the hospital. She was placed on life support and later died.

According to a press release, police found two baggies of suspected heroin packaged in glassine bags next to the bed where the victim was located. The bags were marked with a brand stamp. Authorities used the stamp and messages on the victim’s cellphone to track down Morales. He was charged by federal complaint on April 20.

Morales faces a maximum of 20 years in jail and a fine of $1 million. His sentencing date has not yet been set.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad with help from the Bridgeport, Derby, Shelton, Monroe, Middlebury and Woodbridge Police Departments.

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