Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD MOTHER AND SON
WITH DISTRIBUTING HEROIN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging TERESA TORRES, also known as “Teresa Morales,” “Theresa Cardona,” and “Bebe,” 42, and her son JONATHAN TORRES, also known as “Pete” and “Joker,” 21, both of Lawrence Street, Hartford, with heroin distribution offenses.
The indictment alleges that, between January 2011 and January 2012, TERESA and JONATHAN TORRES conspired to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. The indictment further alleges that, on January 6, 2012, both TERESA and JONATHAN TORRES possessed and distributed heroin, and that, on January 12 and January 19, 2012, JONATHAN TORRES possessed and distributed heroin.
If convicted, TERESA and JONATHAN TORRES each face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of 40 years on the conspiracy charge, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on each possession with the intent to distribute charge.
The defendants have been detained since their arrests on January 19, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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