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New Haven Man Charged with Distributing Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ALEX BORRERO, also known as “Red,” 50, of New Haven, was arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with distributing fentanyl and heroin.

This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

BORRERO appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam in New Haven and was released on a $50,000 bond into an inpatient drug counseling program.

As alleged in court documents, on February 28, 2017, the Wallingford Police Department and emergency medical personnel responded to a report of an untimely death of a 25-year-old male at a residence in Wallingford.  At the scene, officers seized drug and non-drug evidence, including the victim’s cellphone and six empty wax folds bags that contained a white powder residue.

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that the victim’s death was caused by a combination of fentanyl and alprazolam (Xanax).

It is alleged that BORRERO was the source of the fentanyl involved in the overdose death of the victim.

This ongoing investigation also includes an overdose death of a 31-year-old male in Branford on May 18, 2017.

At the time of his arrest, it is alleged that BORRERO possessed approximately 30 grams of heroin and approximately $1,900 in cash.

The complaint charges BORRERO with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, fentanyl and heroin, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Wallingford Police Department and Branford Police Department.  The Tactical Diversion Squad includes members from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe and Fairfield Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Pierpont, Jr.

Updated October 24, 2017

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