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Drug dealer in fatal overdoses case gets 7 years in prison

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NEW HAVEN, CT (AP) -

A Connecticut man who sold fentanyl-laced cocaine that killed three people and sent 14 others to the hospital after he overdosed on the same drugs has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

A federal judge in Hartford imposed the punishment Tuesday on Frank Pina. The 57-year-old New Haven resident pleaded guilty in August to possession and distribution of a substance containing cocaine.

Pina was among three men arrested on drug charges in connection with the 17 overdoses that occurred in New Haven in June. Authorities said the victims thought they were buying cocaine, but the drugs were laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Prosecutors say Pina sold the drugs only days after overdosing himself.

Pina had argued that he shouldn't be sent to prison for more than four years.

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