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Hamden Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Drugs That Led To Weston Overdose

A Hamden man pleaded guilty to distributing drugs that led to a man overdosing in Weston last year.
A Hamden man pleaded guilty to distributing drugs that led to a man overdosing in Weston last year. Photo Credit: File

WESTON, Conn. -- A Hamden man pleaded guilty Wednesday to supplying drugs that ultimately led to a 22-year-old man overdosing in Weston in 2016 and ending up in a persistent vegetative state.

Wayne Bradbury, 32, pleaded guilty to federal oxycodone and marijuana distribution and money laundering charges, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England. The charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

According to court documents, Bradbury supplied oxycodone pills and marijuana to Ryan Looney, who at the time was 19 years old. Looney sold the pills to Tahir Farid, who sold them to a 22-year-old on Jan. 3, 2016 for $900, according to Daly. Two days later the 22-year-old was found unresponsive at a friend's house in Weston. He remains unresponsive and is in a persistent vegetative state.

Daly said that Bradbury supplied Looney with drugs on credit and had Looney repay him by depositing cash into his bank account. Bradbury then withdrew the cash at ATMs to pay his drug supplier.

Bradbury pleaded guilty to one count of distributing oxycodone and marijuana to an individual under 21 years of age, an offense that carries a minimum term of imprisonment of one year and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. He also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 and is detained pending sentencing.

Farid and Looney, both of Hamden, each previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone. Farid was sentenced on Nov. 30, 2016 to six months of imprisonment. Looney awaits sentencing.

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