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2 men plead guilty to selling drugs in New Haven that lead to overdoses and deaths

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Two men have plead guilty in connection with the selling drugs that lead to the deaths of three people by overdosing in New Haven in June. (WFSB photo) Two men have plead guilty in connection with the selling drugs that lead to the deaths of three people by overdosing in New Haven in June. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Two men have plead guilty in connection with the selling drugs that lead to the deaths of three people by overdose in New Haven in June.

On Thursday, 57-year-old Frank Pina and 48-year-old Steven Whaley pleaded guilty at U.S. District Court.

Pina and Whaley were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances

Their arrests were connection with “an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users,” according to United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

On June 23, 17 people overdosed including three people who died. The city declared a state of emergency after the deaths

Pina and Whaley were arrested on June 27. At the time of his arrest, Whaley was in possession of cocaine packaged for sale.

During their investigation, Pina "supplied drugs both directly and through various middlemen to several of the individuals who overdosed on June 23" and Whaley "sometimes served as a middleman,” according to United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.  

Pina and Whaley are expected to be sentenced on Oct. 31 and November 1, respectively. They both face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

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