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Connecticut Man Charged With Distributing Counterfeit Xanax That Killed One Man

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against a Shelton, Connecticut man for distributing counterfeit drugs. The information contained within the criminal complaint alleges various drug offenses by Kamil Golebioswki, including the fact that he sold counterfeit Xanax to a 29-year-old Seymour resident who died on July 9, 2017 after purchasing some of his fake pills.

Toxicology tests performed by the State of Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner determined that the victim died of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of multiple drugs including cocaine, heroin, etizolam, fentanyl, and flubromazolam. None of these drugs are found in legitimate Xanax pills. According to the criminal complaint, an examination of the victim’s mobile phone showed that two individuals purchased heroin and what they thought were Xanax pills for the victim shortly before his death. An investigation revealed that Golebiowski was the source of the pills.

The criminal complaint stated that investigators made multiple controlled purchases from Golebiowski, which tests revealed to be counterfeit. Investigators intercepted two packages mailed from Canada to the defendant that contained approximately 1,400 counterfeit Xanax pills. This case is a result of the combined efforts of the US. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Shelton Police Department, and Seymour Police Department, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito is responsible for prosecuting this case.

You can learn more about incidents of counterfeit drugs in Connecticut by reading PSM’s 2018 Connecticut Infosheet.

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