Alleged dealer charged in Trumbull drug death

A Bridgeport man is facing charges in connection with a fatal heroin overdose in town last month.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and DEA Special Agent Michael Ferguson, Jevaughn Watson, 23, was arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin. The charge stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

On August 18, Trumbull Police and EMS responded to a residence in Trumbull and found an unresponsive 25-year-old woman in a bedroom. She died a short time later.

Investigators continued to investigate the incident and learned that the victim had ordered heroin from Watson several times over the course of approximately two months prior to her death.

Watson is being held on charges of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin. If convicted he faces a maximum prison term of 20 years. Watson is also facing similar charges from a 2015 incident. In 2012 he pleaded guilty to two drug dealing charges and received a 10-year sentence, suspended after four years.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport Resident Office, the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Trumbull, Monroe and Bridgeport police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito is prosecuting.