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East Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Federal Prison for Fentanyl Distribution

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

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CURON JOHNSON, also known as “Buck,” 31, of East Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2020, Hartford Police learned that Kyle Pitts, also known as “Bark,” and others, were selling fentanyl, and that Pitts was using his apartment on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford to store fentanyl.  Between August and October 2020, Hartford Police and the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force made multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl from Pitts, Johnson and Jabari Walcott, of Hartford.

Johnson has been detained since his arrest on November 4, 2020.  On April 29, 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl.  This is Johnson’s second federal narcotics-related conviction.

Pitts and Walcott pleaded guilty to the same charge and await sentencing.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Updated July 23, 2021

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