West Haven woman sentenced in heroin overdose death

A West Haven woman was sentenced for her role in selling heroin to a Milford resident who overdosed and died last January.

According to a press release from Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, on Oct. 7, Alyssa Jelliffe, 23, of West Haven, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin that was involved in an overdose death in Milford in January 2015.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 12, 2015, a 39-year-old man died from an apparent heroin overdose at a residence in Milford.  The investigation, which included analysis of text messages from the decedent’s cell phone, revealed that Jelliffe and Christopher Fogler sold the decedent $170 worth of heroin on the evening of Jan. 11, 2015, U.S. officials said in a press release.

On Jan. 16, 2015, a court-authorized search of Jelliffe and Fogler’s residence revealed approximately 10 bags of heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, razor blades and cut straws.

Jelliffe and Fogler were arrested on Jan. 16, 2015.  Jelliffe has been detained since Feb. 26, when her bond was revoked.

On July 15, Jelliffe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin.

Fogler pleaded guilty to the same charge and, on July 19, was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment.

In her press release Daly noted that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA and police departments across Connecticut are working together to investigate and prosecute narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA’s Bridgeport Task Force and the Milford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alina P. Reynolds.