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Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE PENA, also known as “Papi,” 58, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2018, law enforcement received information that Pena was distributing large quantities of heroin in Waterbury.  Investigators subsequently made a series of controlled purchases of heroin from Pena.

Pena was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on January 10, 2019.

Pena pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on November 11, 2019. 

Pena, a citizen of the Dominican Republic and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., is released on a $150,000 bond pending sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Naugatuck Police Department.  The Task Force includes participants from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby and Middletown Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Gentile.

Updated August 16, 2019

Drug Trafficking