2 men charged in connection with New Haven overdoses


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Two men have been formally charged in connection with close to 100 drug overdoses in the city of New Haven last week.

Police charged 53-year-old John Parker, of New Haven, with possession of a narcotics, and sale of hallucinogens and those with the intent to sell and distribute.

Also charged was 37-year-old Felix Melendez, also of New Haven. He was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and distribute. According to New Haven police, Melendez has now been arrested a total of 38 times.

According to New Haven police, a group of “K2” samples tested by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency have all tested positive for the presence of Fubinaca, a synthetic cannabinoid. It is a drug that acts as a potent agonist for the cannabinoid receptors, which can cause overdoses.

Officers say that while more than one hundred people were taken to the hospital for overdoses, some were repeats that overdosed on multiple occasions. 

New Haven police have not released the names of any of the overdose victims. The case remains open, and is still under investigation.

Jim Carroll, President Donald Trump’s choice to become the nation’s new Drug Czar, is in New Haven Monday for a meeting to discuss the overdoses in the city last week, and federal assistance.

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