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Man Who Trafficked Deadly Fentanyl Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison

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 JUAN REYES, 28, last residing in West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Norwich Police Department launched an investigation after several fatal and non-fatal overdoses occurred in a short period of time in eastern Connecticut.  Investigators determined that, beginning at least as early as January 2017 and continuing to July 2018, Reyes worked with Michael Nieves to supply heroin and fentanyl to other distributors, including individuals who regularly traveled from eastern Connecticut to Hartford to purchase the drugs.  Those individuals then sold the drug to customers in the Norwich and New London areas.

On July 5, 2017, Norwich Police officers responded to a residence on the report of an overdose.  The victim, a 34-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he died.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner subsequently determined the victim’s cause of death to be “acute fentanyl intoxication.”  The investigation revealed that Christopher Dubicki, of Norwich, sold the fentanyl to the victim after previously purchasing it from Reyes and Nieves.

Investigators have connected six other overdoses, three fatal and three non-fatal, to drugs that were supplied by Reyes and Nieves.

Reyes has been detained since his federal arrest on June 29, 2018.  On June 9, 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

Nieves, 30, of Hartford, pleaded guilty to the same charge and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 28.  He is also detained.

Dubicki pleaded guilty to fentanyl, heroin and cocaine distribution charges and is also detained while awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for November 16.

This investigation has been conducted by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Norwich Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

Updated October 26, 2021

Drug Trafficking