News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

East Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Heroin Trafficking Ring

OCT 17 -- Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent 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 EXGARDO TORRES, 27, of McKee Street, East Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 121 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a Hartford narcotics trafficking operation.  On June 10, 2008, TORRES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, more than one kilogram of heroin.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in July 2006, a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force initiated an investigation into the distribution of cocaine and heroin in Hartford.  During the investigation, wiretap authorizations were obtained that allowed the interception of drug distribution related conversations being conducted over five different cellular telephones. Additionally, controlled purchases of both heroin and cocaine were made on multiple occasions.  In June 2007, 18 individuals were charged with various narcotics offenses as a result of the investigation.

During the wiretap investigation, conversations between TORRES and a wholesale distributor of heroin were intercepted and recorded.  During these calls, TORRES ordered quantities of heroin from the distributor and explained that he was then going to resell the heroin to other individuals.  In his written plea agreement, TORRES agreed that he had been involved in the distribution of  more than three kilograms of heroin.

Acting United States Attorney Dannehy commended the Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Hartford Resident Office and the officers from the Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and Southington police departments assigned to the Hartford DEA Task Force who participated in this long-term investigation.