Man pleads guilty to federal charge in lethal overdose case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing heroin that caused a lethal overdose last year.

Thirty-four-year-old Careem Bentley, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty Monday in connection with the November 2016 death of a 37-year-old Monroe man. Investigators determined the man had purchased heroin from Bentley the night before he died.

Prosecutors say the case is part of a statewide crackdown on people who sell powerful drugs that can cause serious injury or death.

Bentley is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 3. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

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