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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Monday, April 29, 2019

Enfield Man Who Sold Heroin and Fentanyl to Overdose Victims is Sentenced

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JONATHAN REED, 34, of Enfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin and fentanyl.

This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 9:52 a.m. on August 26, 2016, Enfield Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Enfield and found an unresponsive 31-year-old male slumped over a coffee table in the upstairs bedroom of the residence.  The victim was pronounced deceased.  Officers searched the immediate area and seized one empty white wax fold and six full white wax folds that contained suspected heroin.  Officers also seized the victim’s iPhone.  An analysis of text messages revealed that the victim had ordered heroin from Reed the evening before the victim died.

At approximately 8:23 p.m. on October 27, 2016, the Enfield Police Department and emergency personnel responded to another residence in Enfield and found an unresponsive 36-year-old man outside the house.  The victim was transported to the hospital for medical attention and pronounced deceased.  Officers were later able to recover the victim’s cell phone and 20 white wax folds that contained suspected heroin.  Analysis of the victim’s cell phone revealed that the victim also had purchased heroin from Reed two days before his death.

Reed was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on April 27, 2017.  On November 20, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

The investigation revealed that Christopher Barreto, of Hartford, supplied the narcotics that Reed subsequently distributed to the overdose victims.  On December 18, 2018, Judge Shea sentenced Barreto to 46 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Enfield Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 29, 2019