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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2013

Hartford Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Illegally Distributing Prescription Painkillers


Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDREW PARENTE, 76, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to nine months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally distributing prescription narcotics.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October and November 2011, PARENTE and Robert Gentile conspired to distribute and distributed Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone, in a form commonly known as OxyContin, and hydromorphone, in a form commonly known as Dilaudid.

PARENTE was arrested on February 10, 2012.  On January 2, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, a Schedule II controlled substance.

In November 2012, Gentile pleaded guilty to multiple drug and firearms offenses and, on May 9, 2013, he was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Connecticut State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John H. Durham.

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U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

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