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Hartford Man Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Dealing Fentanyl While on Federal Supervised Release

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

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that YACOV OCASIO, also known as “C-Low,” 24, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 66 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl while on federal supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2019, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and Hartford Police Department learned that Ocasio was selling fentanyl in Hartford.  Since May 2019, Ocasio has been on federal supervised release following a conviction for possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin/fentanyl.  In that case, Ocasio distributed heroin/fentanyl that caused the overdose death of a 28-year-old Middletown man in August 2016.  In August 28, 2017, Ocasio was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 30 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for that offense.

Between December 2019 and March 2020, investigators conducted seven controlled purchases of fentanyl from Ocasio.

On April 15, 2020, Ocasio was arrested at a hotel in Hartford where he was staying.  Occasion possessed 160 bags of fentanyl at the time of his arrest.

Ocasio has been detained since his arrest.  On November 5, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, fentanyl.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction. 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Updated March 2, 2021

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