Easton couple sentenced for selling pain pills

An Easton couple who sold highly addictive narcotic pain pills from their Adams Road home has been sentenced to seven years and committed to the state Department of Correction.

But neither Curtis W. Pistey, 56, nor his wife, Joann Pistey, 55, is likely to spend time behind bars. A Superior Court judge on April 15 sentenced both parties to seven years jail, execution suspended, five years probation.

A health condition requires Curtis Pistey to use a respirator. So he and his wife will serve a split sentence out of jail, but if they violate probation they will be exposed to seven years’ imprisonment under a separate court proceeding.

In early 2015, Fairfield detectives discovered information that a Fairfield resident was selling large amounts of the highly addictive pain medication oxycodone in Fairfield. As Fairfield police pursued their investigation, they discovered that the Fairfield resident would travel to the Pisteys’ home in Easton on the same days they would refill substantial amounts of doctor-prescribed oxycodone and other powerful narcotic medication, police said.

The Fairfield resident would then proceed back to Fairfield with a portion of the Pisteys’ oxycodone for street sales.

Members of the Fairfield Police Narcotics Unit arrested the couple at their home May 20, 2015, after executing multiple search-and-seizure warrants and seizing hundreds of narcotic pain medication pills and cash following a lengthy investigation into the prescription narcotic distribution operation.

Fairfield police seized nearly 750 DEA-controlled narcotics pills and more than $5,000 in cash during a search of the Pisteys’ home, according to the police report. The street value of the pills was conservatively estimated at $30,000.

Typical narcotics medications such as these go for $1 a milligram, police said.

Doctors sometimes prescribe narcotics in large amounts that are more than people can legitimately consume, according to the lead detective on the case.

A person may have had an ailment and the medication may have been legitimately prescribed, but in an excessive amount and turned into street drugs, police said.

Both Pisteys were charged with possession of narcotics; illegal distribution, sale and dispensing of prescription narcotics; sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school; conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school; conspiracy to commit illegal distribution, sale and dispensing of prescription narcotics; and conspiracy to commit possession of narcotics.

The Easton police sent a car since the arrest occurred in Easton but had nothing to do with the investigation.

The Pisteys pled guilty in court in February. Neither the Pisteys nor their attorney, John Gulash of Bridgeport, could be reached for comment.

Curtis Pistey was previously sentenced to 90 days jail, execution suspended, probation one year on a sixth-degree larceny charge brought by Bridgeport police in 2010 for which he pled guilty.

Police seized nearly 750 DEA-controlled narcotics pills and more than $5,000 in cash during a search of the Pisteys’ home in May 2015. — Fairfield Police Department photo

Police seized nearly 750 DEA-controlled narcotics pills and more than $5,000 in cash during a search of the Pisteys’ home in May 2015. — Fairfield Police Department photo

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