Wallingford Man Charged with Distributing Fentanyl and Steroids
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL GUILLEN, 28, of Wallingford, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with distributing fentanyl and anabolic steroids. The charges stem from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
GUILLEN appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and was ordered detained.
As alleged in court documents, on August 31, 2016, the Wallingford Police Department and medical personnel responded to a residence after a report of an untimely death of a 30-year-old male. At the scene, officers seized 12 wax paper folds, eight of which contained a powdery substance. The State of Connecticut Forensics Laboratory subsequently reported that the substance tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. The investigation revealed that GUILLEN had provided the drugs to the victim shortly before the victim’s death. The investigation also revealed that GUILLEN sold anabolic steroids.
The complaint charges GUILLEN with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl, an offense that, given GUILLEN’s criminal history, carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years. The complaint also charges GUILLEN with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, anabolic steroids, 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, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and State of Connecticut Department of Parole and Community Services. The Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Pierpont, Jr.