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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 6, 2018

Waterbury Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Distributing Oxycodone

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that HARRY DUREN, 74, of Waterbury, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally distributing 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.

On September 6, 2017, DUREN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone.

DUREN, who is released on a $50,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on June 5, 2018.

DUREN has a prior federal conviction for mail fraud.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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Updated April 6, 2018