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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALEX BORRERO, also known as “Red,” 50, of New Haven, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin and fentanyl.

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.

According to court documents and statements made in court, 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 determined that the victim’s death was caused by a combination of fentanyl and alprazolam (Xanax).

The investigation revealed that BORRERO, who had been selling heroin and fentanyl in the New Haven area, was the source of the fentanyl involved in the overdose death of the victim.  The investigation also revealed that another of BORRERO’s drug customers, a 31-year-old male, died of an overdose in Branford on May 18, 2017.

BORRERO was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on October 23, 2017.  At the time of his arrest, he possessed approximately 30 grams of heroin and approximately $1,900 in cash.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for August 7, 2018, at which time BORRERO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.  BORRERO is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing.

BORRERO’s criminal history includes multiple convictions, including a federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.  In 1998, he was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, in Orlando, to 188 months of imprisonment.  He was released from federal prison in 2011.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Wallingford and Branford Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John T. Pierpont, Jr. and Michael S. McGarry.

Updated May 15, 2018

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