Homeless advocate pleads guilty to drug charges
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was arrested and charged with distributing synthetic marijuana at about the same time dozens of people were overdosing on the drug in New Haven has pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Quentin Staggers, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid known as K2.
As many as 100 people overdosed on the drug in the city in August. None died.
According to court documents, investigators in July discovered suspected K2 packaging in Staggers’ trash. The packaging and residue were submitted for testing, which confirmed the presence of Amb-Fubinaca, a federally controlled synthetic cannabinoid.
Staggers was arrested in August.
He faces 20 years in prison at sentencing in January.
Staggers was homeless for several years and later became an advocate for the homeless.