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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2019

Waterbury Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that, FELIX COLON, 21, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the fall of 2017, the FBI, ATF and Waterbury Police Department began an investigation into drug trafficking by suspected members of “Addicted to Money,” also known as “ATM,” a violent street gang operating in Waterbury.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance and controlled purchases of heroin and crack cocaine, resulted in federal charges against 11 individuals.

Intercepted communications revealed that Colon purchased and sold distribution quantities of heroin.

Colon was arrested on July 17, 2018.  On that date, a search of his residence revealed approximately 56 gross grams of heroin packaged for distribution, approximately 41 gross grams of marijuana, a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, .40 and .45 caliber ammunition, a digital scale, and multiple cell phones.

The National Interrelated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) has identified the seized .40 caliber pistol as the firearm that was used in a shooting of a member of a rival gang in Waterbury in May 2017.  The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Colon has been detained since his arrest.  On November 16, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Waterbury Police Department’s Gang Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick F. Caruso and Natasha M. Freismuth.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated February 8, 2019