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Hartford Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 9 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, SR., also known as “50,” 46, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 115 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 conducted eight controlled purchases of fentanyl from Munoz Sr. and his son, Eric Munoz, Jr., also known as “Bebo.”

Munoz Sr. and Munoz Jr. were arrested on August 25, 2021.  On that date, a search of Munoz Sr.’s residence on Harbison Avenue in Hartford 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 Munoz Jr.’s residence, also on Harbison Avenue, 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 an apartment located on Capitol Avenue in Hartford, which Munoz Sr. and Munoz Jr. 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 Sr. and Munoz Jr. have been detained since August 25, 2021.

On April 6, 2023, Munoz Sr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Munoz Jr., 27, pleaded guilty to the same charge on April 11, 2023.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7.

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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.

Updated July 26, 2023

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