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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fentanyl Trafficker Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANGEL RODRIGUEZ, also known as “Red,” 26, formerly of Manchester, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement identified Rodriguez as a significant distributor of fentanyl.  On February 4, 2019, investigators arranged a controlled purchase of 200 grams of fentanyl from Rodriguez in exchange for $13,000.  Rodriguez was arrested on that date after he met the purchaser an automotive business on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford in possession of approximately 200 grams of fentanyl.  At the time of his arrest, Rodriguez also possessed a loaded 9mm pistol and approximately $2,600 in cash.  A subsequent search of Rodriguez’s Manchester residence revealed more than 200 grams of marijuana, a .45 caliber rifle, three boxes of ammunition, and other firearm-related items.

200 grams of fentanyl is the equivalent of approximately 8,000 doses.

On October 15, 2019, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Rodriguez, who is currently released on a $100,000 bond and residing in Hartford, is required to report to prison on March 25, 2020.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’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.

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Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated January 7, 2020