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Connecticut pair charged with fentanyl distribution

June 20, 2019 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut pair is facing charges related to fentanyl distribution that resulted in the death of a man.

Bridgeport residents John Matthews and Deandra Bloschichak face charges of conspiracy to distribute and distributing fentanyl.

A Connecticut medical examiner determined the death was caused by acute fentanyl intoxication, and an investigation revealed that Matthews sold the fentanyl that killed him.

The distribution charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years for each count.

Matthews faces another charge related to the death and faces a minimum sentence of 20 years up to the maximum of life in prison.

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Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham said in a news release the office is prepared to charge the “very serious, 20-year mandatory minimum offense.”

Messages were left with both their attorneys for response.