John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANTE BARNES, also known as “Tre,” 31, of Farmington, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking fentanyl and other narcotics.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in January 2019, law enforcement received information that Barnes and Jaquan Leggett, also known as “Tipsy,” were trafficking narcotics in Hartford. The investigation revealed that Barnes and Leggett were using Leggett’s residence on Lenox Street in Hartford to package and store fentanyl and other drugs. Between January and March 2019, investigators conducted multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl and cocaine from Barnes in Hartford and Farmington.
Barnes and Leggett were arrested on March 5, 2019. On that date, a search of Barnes’ Farmington residence revealed 440 bags of fentanyl, approximately 23 grams of unpackaged fentanyl, approximately 32 grams of crack cocaine, items used to package narcotics for street sale, and $24,160 in cash. A search of Leggett’s Hartford residence revealed 169 bags of fentanyl, approximately two grams of unpackaged fentanyl, approximately four grams of crack cocaine, approximately two grams of cocaine, and items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.
Barnes has forfeited the cash that was located and seized at the time of his arrest, and a 2007 Audi A6 3.2Q.
On October 28, 2019, Barnes pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. He has been detained since December 5, 2019, when his bond was revoked.
On October 28, 2019, Leggett pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base (“crack”). He has been detained since his arrest.
This matter has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department. The Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.