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Rocky Hill Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Oxycodone

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NICHOLAS DYBER, 30, of Rocky Hill, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking oxycodone.  DYBER also was ordered to pay a $40,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force began investigating an oxycodone trafficking operation headed by DYBER, who formerly resided in West Hartford.  The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of oxycodone, physical surveillance and the use of an undercover officer, revealed that DYBER was being supplied with bulk quantities of oxycodone by Harland Fields of the Bronx, N.Y., and Eduardo Garcia of Modesto, Calif.  At times, DYBER paid Brian Vanderpool, of West Hartford, to travel to New York to pick up oxycodone from Fields and transport the pills to DYBER in Connecticut.  DYBER distributed the pills he received from Fields and Garcia to customers and other Hartford-area distributors.

DYBER was arrested on October 11, 2013.  On February 20, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 10,000 oxycodone pills

Fields, Garcia and Vanderpool also pleaded guilty.  On August 21, 2014, Garcia was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment.  On October 27, 2014, Fields was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment.  On November 4, 2014, Vanderpool was sentenced to four months in a halfway house and four years of supervised release.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, which includes personnel from the New Haven, Hamden, Branford, Meriden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Derby and Ansonia Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Caruso.

Updated March 31, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs