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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hartford Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CARLOS DIAZ, 43, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin and fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August and September 2017, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crime Gang Task Force and Hartford Police made a total of eight controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl from Diaz and his associate, Louis Serrano, in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex on Elliott Street in Hartford.  Diaz typically took the order for the drugs and negotiated the price, and then instructed the purchaser to meet Serrano, who delivered the drugs and accepted the payment.

Diaz was arrested on September 28, 2017.  On that date, a search of his residence revealed approximately 700 grams of raw unprocessed heroin, more than 5,000 bags of heroin and/or fentanyl, three digital scales, and other items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

Diaz has been detained since his arrest.  On June 11, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl.

Serrano, 25, pleaded guilty to the same charge on March 22, 2018, and awaits sentencing.

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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated June 25, 2019