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Bronx Man Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Federal Prison for Fentanyl and Cocaine Trafficking Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LEONARDO HECTOR ROSADO, 52, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 170 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking fentanyl and cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2021, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department coordinated the acquisition of a kilogram of heroin from Rosado.  On April 13, 2021, Rosado drove from the Bronx to a meeting location in Bridgeport where he provided a cooperating witness with nearly a kilogram of a substance containing fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, and another small bag containing more than four grams of fentanyl.  Investigators arranged another narcotics transaction and, on May 16, 2021, arrested Rosado after he drove to a location in Bridgeport with nearly three kilograms of a substance containing fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine, and an additional 983 grams of cocaine.

Rosado had also delivered a kilogram of fentanyl to the cooperating witness in 2019.

Rosado has been detained since his arrest.  On February 23, 2023, a jury found him guilty of two counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine. 

Rosado has a prior narcotics trafficking conviction. In 2010, he was sentenced in the Middle District of North Carolina to 121 months of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.  His sentence was later reduced to 97 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tara E. Levens and Daniel E. Cummings through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Updated May 24, 2023

Drug Trafficking