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Meriden Man Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Prison for Trafficking Heroin from Bridgeport Markets

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 EDDY ANTONIO TORRES MOREL, 51, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 78 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for trafficking heroin.  Judge Shea also ordered Torres to pay a $50,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation revealed that Torres was trafficking narcotics from Big Daddy’s Deli and Jamal’s Market, two stores he operated on East Main Street in Bridgeport.  During the investigation, law enforcement made two controlled purchases of a half-kilogram of heroin from Torres, first at Jamal’s Market on October 29, 2019, and then at Big Daddy’s Deli on January 24, 2020.

Torres was arrested on February 5, 2020.  On that date, investigators searched his residence and stores and seized two firearms, assorted firearm parts, ammunition, and approximately $22,000 in cash.

On June 28, 2021, Torres pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Torres, who is released on a $300,000 bond, is required to report to prison on February 10, 2022.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Stamford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo.

Updated September 24, 2021

Drug Trafficking