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Indictment: Milford Man Sold Heroin That Killed 26-Year-Old Resident

The 29-year-old man has been arrested on heroin distribution charges.

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A press release issued May 6 from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging Ryan Russow, 29, of Milford, with heroin distribution offenses.

According to statements made in court, on March 12, 2014, a 26-year-old male died at a residence in Milford. In the decedent’s room, law enforcement officers located two empty bags of heroin stamped “Much Better,” and two full bags bearing the same stamp.

Drug Enforcement Administration analysis confirmed that the full bags contained heroin with a purity level of approximately 76 percent, and the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has concluded that the decedent died of heroin toxicity. 

It is alleged that, on the morning of March 12, Russow and the decedent exchanged a series of text messages in which the decedent sought to purchase heroin from Russow. Video surveillance confirms that the decedent then arrived at Russow’s residence and departed after approximately 15 minutes.

On March 19, 2014, the DEA executed a search warrant at Russow’s residence and seized more than $19,000 in cash, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.

On April 23, 2014, the grand jury returned an indictment charging Russow with one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

Russow was arrested the next day, and has been detained since his arrest. He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was ordered detained pending trial.

If convicted, Russow faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each count.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department. The Task Force is composed of members of the Milford, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments and the Connecticut State Police. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

Jeff Martinson May 07, 2014 at 01:19 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased. A terrible tragedy. I too have lost a family member to the disease of addiction. It is a horrible, horrible feeling. However, spending time and resources to track back the heroin to the person selling it is a straight waste of tax payer money. It is the easy way out and indicative of the laziness of all levels of law enforcement and their absolute impotence to do anything real to combat the drug problems in this nation at the source. But really, I don’t blame law enforcement either, they are (in most cases) doing their job to the letter of the law. I blame the laws themselves. Are we to believe this obvious low level dealer is responsible for the tragic death of this individual? No, he is not. He just happens to be the unlucky one who sold it to him, because if the deceased didn’t get it from this person he would have certainly got it from someplace else. What is accomplished by arresting this person? Absolutely nothing. There will not be less drugs, less users,or less dealers and it is folly to believe otherwise. We have a 40 year sample size from the “war on drugs” to take data from. In those 40 years of “war” the amounts of available drugs has increased, the purities have increased, and the prices have plummeted. It seems to me the war on drugs has had the exact opposite of its intended effect considering those facts. This from the article: “This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department. The Task Force is composed of members of the Milford, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments and the Connecticut State Police. “ Really? 4 different police forces and a federal DEA task force are needed to investigate a simple OD? Wouldn’t that money be better spent on our education system or feeding the homeless. This country has its head up so far up its ass with its current policies in regards this issue it makes me sad for the future of our children. It’s time to get real, America. Nothing will ever change with the current policies in place. You will continue to see tragic deaths via OD, and more plentiful and cheaper drugs until real issues are addressed.
Jay Volanth May 07, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Well put ...
Larry Libor May 09, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Completely Agree.

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