West Haven man arrested for Xanax distribution

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 20-year-old from West Haven, known as “Solo”,  was arrested today and charged with illegally distributing Xanax.

The man arrested, Clarence Bell, faces charges that were the result of an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England.

Bell was charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

As alleged in the complaint, at approximately 6:10 a.m. on May 24, 2016, the West Haven Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in West Haven on report of a sudden death of a 20-year-old male.  Upon arrival, the initial responding patrol units determined that the death was suspicious in nature and appeared to be drug related.  The investigation, which includes witness interviews and analysis of phone records and surveillance cameras, has revealed that at approximately 10:00 p.m. on May 23, 2016, the victim purchased a quantity of Xanax pills from Bell. The victim them crushed approximately three of pills and snorted the powder.

The victim’s autopsy report states the official cause of death as acute intoxication due to the combined effects of heroin, alprazolam (Xanax) and cocaine.

Bell appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was ordered detained.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances, carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.


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