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Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl and Heroin to Rocky Hill Overdose Victim

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDWIN ESCRIBANO, also known as “Bebo,” 25, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl and heroin.

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

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 14, 2016, Rocky Hill Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a restaurant on a report of a male who had overdosed and was not breathing.  The male, who was 29 years old, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Officers seized drug and non-drug evidence, including a cellophane tourniquet and syringe in the restaurant bathroom that ultimately tested positive for the presence of heroin and fentanyl.  The investigation, which included analysis of the victim’s cellphone, revealed that ESCRIBANO had provided the drugs to the victim shortly before the victim’s death.

ESCRIBANO was arrested on federal criminal complaint on May 30, 2017.

Judge Thompson scheduled sentencing for February 9, 2018, at which time ESCRIBANO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rocky Hill Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Pierpont, Jr.

Updated November 14, 2017

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