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Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty to Oxycodone Distribution Charge

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HARRY DUREN, 74, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately March 2011 and April 2016, DUREN obtained prescriptions for medications containing oxycodone from doctors in Connecticut and then arranged to resell the medications for his own profit. In total, DUREN and his co-conspirators sold approximately 45,000 30mg oxycodone pills. DUREN’s profit from the drug sales was approximately $700,000.

DUREN is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on November 29, 2017, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

DUREN is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, which includes officers from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Avi M. Perry.

Updated September 6, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs