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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hartford Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fentanyl Distribution

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JABARI WALCOTT, also known as “Jabari Walcott-Greene,” 23, of Hartford was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2020, Hartford Police learned that Kyle Pitts, also known as “Bark,” and others, were selling fentanyl, and that Pitts was using his apartment on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford to store fentanyl.  Between August and October 2020, Hartford Police and the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force made multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl from Pitts, Walcott and Curon Johnson, also known as “Buck,” of East Hartford.

Walcott has been detained since his arrest on state charges on October 14, 2020.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed distribution quantities of fentanyl and crack cocaine, a digital scale and $1060.

On June 7, 2021, Walcott pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl.

Pitts and Johnson pleaded guilty to the same charge.  On July 22, 2021, Johnson was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment.  Pitts awaits sentencing.

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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated September 7, 2021