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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hartford Man Charged with Distributing Heroin Involved in Overdose of East Haddam Resident

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that HECTOR RAUL CINTRON, also known as “G” and “Big G,” 22, of Hartford, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him distributing heroin.

The charge stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

Following his arrest, CINTRON appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford and was ordered detained.

As alleged in court documents, in the morning of March 19, 2016, Connecticut State Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in East Haddam on the report of an “untimely death.”  The victim, an 18-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene.  At the scene, State Police seized the victim’s cell phone and multiple glassine bags containing powder residue.  The investigation revealed that Kerry Scanlan, of Avon, arranged to purchase heroin from CINTRON in Hartford.  On March 18, 2016, the victim drove to Avon, picked up Scanlan and then drove to Hartford to purchase heroin from CINTRON.

On April 4, 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner issued a report listing the victim’s cause of death as “acute fentanyl intoxication.”

It is further alleged that, on two occasions in November 2016, CINTRON sold approximately 200 bags of heroin to an individual working with law enforcement.

The complaint charges CINTRON with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Scanlan was arrested on the same charge on August 9, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East and East Haddam Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 15, 2016