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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hartford Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS REYES-GUTIERREZ, 38, formerly of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force received information that David Alvarado, also known as “Flaco,” was distributing heroin to street-level dealers and drug customers in the area of his residence on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.  Between August 2014 and May 2015, investigators made eight controlled purchases of heroin from Alvarado.  A wiretap investigation and other evidence revealed that REYES-GUTIERREZ regularly supplied Alvarado and others with raw heroin from his store, the D-Town Supermarket, located at 467 Wethersfield Avenue.

REYES-GUTIERREZ has been detained since his arrest on November 10, 2016.  On January 25, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

REYES-GUTIERREZ is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.  He faces immigration proceedings when he completes his sentence.

Alvarado has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Police Departments. 

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated July 25, 2018