Judge sentences dealer for overdose of Naugatuck man

WATERBURY — A 22-year-old city man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison Tuesday for selling a dose of heroin that led to a Naugatuck man’s death last year.

Aureole Huckabee is suspected of selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a 31-year-old man who overdosed on July 7. The man was found by his wife and despite an attempt to save him with Narcan, the man was later pronounced dead. He left behind a newborn son.

After authorities searched the man’s cellphone, they discovered more than 1,000 text messages between the men. Huckabee fed the man’s seven-bag-a-day addiction over several months, despite him telling Huckabee in the messages that he was dope sick and was concerned about the color of at least one batch of the drug he was sold.

The medical examiner’s office found that the man died from acute fentanyl intoxication.

In asking for prison time for Huckabee, prosecutors wrote that the grip heroin has on the state is a true epidemic that ignores age or income. It has reached those as young as 13.

In Huckabee’s case, he has a conviction for selling drugs and possession.

The prosecution of suspected dealers by federal authorities is part of a larger strategy to combat the increasing problem of heroin abuse.

“I stand here asking for forgiveness, but I know it will be hard for the family because they lost a loved one, due to my stupidity and actions,” Huckabee wrote to Judge Alvin W. Thompson before the sentence was imposed. “I’m hoping you find it in your heart to accept my apology.”

Huckabee, whose last known address was on Catherine Avenue, will also have to serve three years of probation after he’s released.