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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 7 Years for Drug and Gun Offenses, Violating Supervised Release

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JONATHAN TORRES, also known as “U-Haul” and “Fats,” 30, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to 88 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for fentanyl distribution and gun possession offenses, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the sentencing occurred via videoconference.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2017, Torres was released from federal prison after serving a 70-month sentence for distributing heroin in Hartford.  While Torres was on federal supervised release, he was arrested by West Hartford Police on September 13, 2017, for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle; was arrested by Hartford Police on July 1, 2019, for possessing crack cocaine after he arrived at Hartford Hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot; and distributed fentanyl on six occasions to an individual working with law enforcement in December 2019 and January 2020.

On February 7, 2020, Torres was arrested by Hartford Police after he was found in a possession of a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

On February 21, 2020, as part of his federal supervised release violation proceedings, Torres was ordered into home detention and placed on location monitoring.

In March 2020, Torres conducted a fentanyl sale, and, in April 2020, he attempted to conduct another fentanyl sale.

Torres has been detained since his federal arrest on April 16, 2020.  On November 10, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Thompson sentenced Torres to 70 months of imprisonment for the fentanyl distribution and gun possession offenses, and a consecutive 18 months of imprisonment for violating his supervised release conditions.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The 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.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Updated March 4, 2021