Greenwich police aid work lands man in jail on drug charges

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jesse Kaplan was sentenced to jail on drug charges after an investigation involving Greenwich police.

Mr. Kaplan, 31, formerly of Naugatuck, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally obtaining and distributing prescription narcotics.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration began an investigation into the filling of fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone at pharmacies in Connecticut and New York through the use of fraudulent identifications. The investigation revealed that Mr. Kaplan and a co-defendant traveled to pharmacies together and used multiple aliases to fraudulently fill prescriptions for oxycodone and hydromorphone. They then pooled, traded or shared their pills for further distribution.

On Aug. 8, 2013, Mr. Kaplan was arrested by Naugatuck Police as a result of his alleged participation in a home invasion in Torrington. The incident followed an attempted sale of 60 oxycodone 30mg pills in exchange for $1,000 at the residence. According to pharmaceutical records and video surveillance, just hours before this attempted drug transaction, Kaplan filled a prescription at a pharmacy under the alias “Sean Mullin” for 60 oxycodone 30mg pills. When Naugatuck police officers arrested Kaplan, they located seven New York State driver’s licenses, all depicting Kaplan’s photo with different identifying information.

Mr. Kaplan was arrested on federal charges on Dec. 20, 2013. On Aug. 12, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Squad and the Greenwich and Naugatuck Police Departments.

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