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Waterbury Man Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl and 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 TYRELL CAMPBELL, also known as “Bricks,” 30, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 78 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl and heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation headed by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the Waterbury and Naugatuck Police Departments into a heroin and cocaine trafficking operation headed by Keith Jordan of Waterbury.  The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance and controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that Jordan was receiving large quantities of heroin from various suppliers and selling to drug to other distributors, including Campbell, and street-level customers.  Jordan also purchased and distributed cocaine.

On March 13, 2019, a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Campbell, Jordan and 27 other individuals with various offenses related to the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Campbell and several of his codefendants were arrested on March 20, 2019.  In association with the arrests, investigators seized approximately 3,000 bags of heroin, 400 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of fentanyl/heroin mixed, 400 grams of heroin, 10 grams of crack, 20 pounds of marijuana, fentanyl patches, a one-kilogram press, four handguns, approximately $120,000 in cash and four vehicles.

Investigators seized from Campbell approximately 10 grams of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, and $6,765 in cash, when he was arrested.

Campbell’s criminal history includes felony convictions for narcotics offenses, and he was on state probation while engaged in the criminal conduct that led to the federal charges.  In October 2018, he was arrested by Waterbury Police for criminal possession of a handgun.

Campbell has been detained since March 20, 2019.  On October 15, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, heroin.

Jordan pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. 

This investigation has been conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force, Waterbury Police Department and Naugatuck Police Department, with the critical assistance of the U.S. Secret Service, New York Field Office.  The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Dave Vatti and Nathaniel J. Gentile.

Updated September 18, 2020

Drug Trafficking