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Hartford Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 7 Years in Federal Prison

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ERIC MUNOZ, Jr., also known as “Bebo,” 28, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in New Haven to 88 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 July and August 2021, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force made eight controlled purchases of fentanyl from Munoz Jr. and his father, Eric Munoz, Sr.

Munoz Jr. and Munoz Sr. were arrested on August 25, 2021.  On that date, a search of Munoz Jr.’s residence on Harbison Avenue in Hartford revealed more than 900 grams of loose fentanyl, approximately 3,800 wax folds of fentanyl, approximately 300 grams of cocaine, approximately 50 grams of crack cocaine, five handguns, and $29,921 in cash.  A search of Munoz Sr.’s residence, also on Harbison Avenue, revealed approximately 900 grams of loose fentanyl, 280 wax folds of fentanyl, 41 rounds of assorted ammunition, and $15,888 in cash.  A search of an apartment located on Capitol Avenue in Hartford, which Munoz Jr. and Munoz Sr. used to store, process, and package narcotics, revealed approximately 200 grams of loose fentanyl, 5,100 wax folds of fentanyl, 130 grams of cocaine, 88 grams of crack cocaine, and eight rounds of ammunition.

Munoz Jr. has been detained since his arrest.  On April 11, 2023, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Munoz Jr. has a prior federal narcotics trafficking conviction.  In August 2017, he was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 31 months of imprisonment for that offense.

Munoz Sr. also pleaded guilty and, on July 25, 2023, was sentenced to 115 months of imprisonment.

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

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.

Updated February 28, 2024

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