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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Stratford Man Sentenced to Prison for Fentanyl Distribution and Gun Possession Offenses

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS COLON, also known as “Big Lou” and “Hitman,” 51, of Stratford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 32 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for fentanyl distribution and gun possession offenses.  Colon must spend the first six months of his supervised release in home confinement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between November and December 2020, Colon was involved in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl disguised as oxycodone.  Investigators seized approximately 300 fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone that had been sold by Colon to a co-conspirator.

Colon was arrested on December 16, 2020, after a court-authorized search of his residence on Dover Street in Stratford revealed 11 firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, approximately 50 fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone, approximately 61 grams of cocaine with packaging, items used to process and package narcotics for distribution, and approximately $24,800 in cash.

Colon’s criminal history includes state convictions for conspiracy to commit murder, assault, weapons, robbery and larceny offenses.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

On March 30, 2021, Colon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Colon, who is released on a $150,000 bond, is required to report to prison on September 12.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force, which includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Konstantin Lantsman and Brian Leaming, through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 12, 2022