Feds: Milford man who provided drugs to OD victim sentenced
MILFORD — A city resident will serve time in federal prison after he provided drugs to a man days just two days before the man was found dead from an overdose.
Anthony Amato, 31, of Milford, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.
Amato’s charges stemmed from an incident last summer.
Court documents show Milford first responders headed to a Milford rooming house on Aug. 26, 2019, on a report of a drug overdose.
In the home, a 28-year-old man was pronounced dead. At the scene, authorities said, investigators interviewed witnesses and collected evidence that indicated narcotics use, including needles and wax folds, some of which had suspected heroin in them.
The investigation revealed that the overdose victim and Amato, who lived in another room in the same rooming house, were together on the afternoon of Aug. 24, 2019.
A court-authorized search of Amato’s room on Aug. 29, 2019, led investigators to multiple ripped wax folds and other narcotics-related evidence, authorizes said.
“Some of the wax folds were marked with the same stamp as the wax folds found in the victim’s room,” the news release said. “Laboratory analysis of the wax folds revealed fentanyl and heroin residue.”
Review of text messages between Amato and the overdose victim showed that Amato “provided the victim with heroin” on Aug. 24, the news release said.
Amato has been detained since his federal arrest on Sept. 10, 2019. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 3 to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin.
Amato has a criminal history that includes multiple narcotics-related convictions in Connecticut.