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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hartford Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

 John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that LUIS ORTIZ, also known as “Cuko,” 30, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in September and October 2014, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crime Gang Task Force and Hartford Police made 10 controlled purchases of heroin from ORTIZ.

ORTIZ was arrested on October 30, 2014.  On that date, a search of ORTIZ’s apartment revealed quantities of fentanyl and heroin, a digital scale, a grinder used to process heroin and heroin packaging stamps.

After his arrest, and while he was released on bond to participate in a drug rehabilitation program, ORTIZ absconded.  He was arrested in Puerto Rico on June 23, 2016.

ORTIZ has been detained since his arrest.  On May 18, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining a drug involved premises, and one count of escape.

The FBI Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

Drug Trafficking
Updated January 31, 2018