A Queens, NY man previously charged in a fatal Greenwich overdose death has been extradited from New York to Greenwich.
Daniel T Linfante, 43, of 88-58 Cooper Ave, Apt PH in Queens, NY was charged in December 2018 by warrant for Manslaughter 1.
Linfante had been subsequently arrested by a NYPD Fugitive Task Force on December 13, 2018. On March 26, 2019, after court proceedings in New York, Linfante was extradited to Connecticut in the custody of Greenwich officers where he was processed for the above charge with a court set bond of $250,000.
While in Greenwich Police custody, Linfante was observed removing a balloon that had been secreted in his rectum which was found to contain suspected narcotics. The capsules tested positive for cocaine/cocaine base. He was also charged with Failure to Keep Narcotic in Original Container and Illegal Possession. For those charges his bond was set at $1,000.
Linfante was subsequently charged with Possession of Narcotics.
On September 29, 2018, Greenwich Police were summoned to a hotel in Greenwich on a report of a deceased person.
Upon arrival officers found a deceased man in one of the rooms.
Initial investigation on scene led Detectives to believe that the deceased died from an overdose of narcotics.
Additional investigation by the CT Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that he died from an overdose of fentanyl and heroin.
Investigators from the Dept’s Narcotics Section were able to obtain information leading to Linfante who had allegedly sold the narcotics leading to the death.
An arrest warrant was obtained from Stamford Superior Court charging Linfante with Manslaughter 1.
The investigation has been one part of the collaborative effort within the Greenwich community to address the local and national crisis of opioids. Greenwich Police are using a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue: providing life-saving efforts in the field, connecting users to addiction services, arresting those manufacturing and distributing drugs, and education.
These initiatives are being done in conjunction with partners in the medical, education and counseling fields.