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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Prison for West Hartford Man Who Imported Pill Press to Make Fake Oxycodone Pills Containing Heroin

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that PABLO TEXIDOR, 40, of West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for importing a tableting machine and tableting dies to manufacture fake oxycodone pills that contained heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 15, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials inspected a parcel from China that was being shipped to TEXIDOR’s West Hartford residence.  The parcel, which was described as containing “machine spare parts,” contained one set of tablet press dies. 

Pill presses are often used by individuals engaged in the manufacturing of distribution-quantities of pills or capsules.  A pill die is used with a pill press to cut and mark tablets.

The investigation revealed that five parcels had been shipped previously from China to TEXIDOR’s residence.  Four of the parcels were described as containing “machine spare parts,” and one parcel was described as containing a “hole puncher machine for sample.”

On March 30, 2017, DEA agents searched TEXIDOR’s residence and seized a tableting press, seven pill dies, 99 fake oxycodone pills, a bag containing approximately four grams of heroin, and a bag containing approximately 500 grams of a binding powder.  A subsequent lab test revealed that the pills contained no oxycodone, but instead contained heroin. 

On August 29, 2017, TEXIDOR pleaded guilty to one count of importation of any product used to manufacture a controlled substance.

Judge Shea ordered TEXIDOR, who is released on a $50,000 bond, to report to prison on May 1.

This matter was investigated by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the assistance of the West Hartford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren Clark and Michael McGarry.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 1, 2018