NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, announced that VINCENT CLARK, also known as “Pudge,” 26, of New Haven, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with distributing heroin and fentanyl.
Clark appeared today via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven and is detained.
As alleged in court documents, between March and May 2021, law enforcement made six controlled purchases of redistribution quantities of heroin/fentanyl from Clark in New Haven. Clark is currently on state parole for a 2019 narcotics conviction.
The complaint charges Clark with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin and fentanyl, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Task Force, which includes personnel from the DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Departments.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria del Pilar Gonzalez through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.