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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hartford Man Charged with Federal Narcotics and Firearm Offenses

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, today announced that CHRISTOPHER ALAMO, 33, of Hartford, was arrested yesterday on federal narcotics distribution and firearm possession charges.

Alamo appeared yesterday via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas O. Farrish and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing that is scheduled for January 19.

As alleged in court documents, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force identified Alamo as a distributor of heroin and cocaine in Connecticut, New York and elsewhere.  On January 13, 2021, Alamo was arrested after a court-authorized search of his Hartford residence revealed more than 12,000 dose bags of suspected fentanyl, approximately 390 grams of loose fentanyl, approximately one kilogram of cocaine, approximately 300 grams of marijuana, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, a .40 caliber Glock 22 handgun equipped with a loaded high-capacity magazine, a separate large capacity magazine loaded with 51 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and a bulletproof vest.

It is alleged that Alamo’s criminal history includes felony convictions for narcotics, weapon and larceny offenses.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

The criminal complaint charges Alamo with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 40 grams or more of fentanyl, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, an offense that carries a consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years.

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

The DEA’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 Maria del Pilar Gonzalez, with the assistance of the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Updated January 14, 2021