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Waterford Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Oxycodone

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RODNEY COTE, 54, of Waterford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to nine months of imprisonment, followed by six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in February 2018, law enforcement learned that Cote was obtaining a monthly prescription for 120 80mg oxycodone pills and selling the pills for cash.  The investigation revealed that Cote had been filling the monthly prescription for at least three years.  On four occasions between May and July 2018, investigators made controlled purchases of 120 pills from Cote in exchange for $2,000.  On September 20, 2018, investigators purchased 240 pills for $5,000.  Cote was arrested on November 7, 2018, after he agreed to sell another 240 pills.

On March 4, 2019, Cote pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone.

As part of his sentence, Cote was ordered to forfeit $19,700.

Cote, who is released on a $75,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on April 7, 2020.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

Updated January 7, 2020

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs