News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Phone: 617-557-2138

September 4, 2008

New Britain Man Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack Cocaine

SEP 4 -- Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HECTOR TIRADO, 31, formerly of Fairview Street in New Britain and Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 140 months of imprisonment, followed by seven years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).  TIRADO pleaded guilty to the offense on May 10, 2007.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in February 2007, Drug Enforcement Administration special agents obtained a federal arrest warrant for TIRADO based on his sale of approximately 56 grams of powder cocaine and 84 grams of crack cocaine on two separate occasions in January 2008 in New Britain.  On March 13, 2007, DEA agents arrested TIRADO outside of an apartment at 590 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.  At the time of his arrest, TIRADO threatened and attempted to punch one of the officers.  A subsequent search of a Cadillac that TIRADO had been driving revealed a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.  A search of the Wethersfield Avenue residence revealed approximately 175 grams of crack cocaine from a rear stairwell, and $16,500 in cash and a variety of drug paraphernalia from the apartment.

This case was investigated by the Hartford resident office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.