Jason Brodsky, 22, of New Haven, was sentenced by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 48 months of prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2011, the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force initiated an investigation into a series of suspected heroin overdose cases in the greater New Haven area, including one that resulted in the death of a woman in Milford on August 16, 2011.

The investigation revealed that Brodsky and his co-defendant, Ralston Williams, rented hotel rooms in the New Haven area and sold prepackaged heroin to a variety of customers. Brodsky gave the cash from the heroin sales that he made to Williams. Williams, in turn, would pay Brodsky by giving him bags of heroin for his personal use.

Judge Bryant found that Brodsky and Williams sold the heroin that caused the overdose death of the Milford woman.

On April 24, 2012, Brodsky pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

On May 29, 2012, a jury found Williams guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  On May 14, 2013, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport and Stamford Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Peter Markle.