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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wethersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution Charge Stemming from 19-Year-Old's Overdose Death

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLOS CARRILLO, 19, of Wethersfield, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to one count of distribution of heroin.

This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 16, 2016, Wethersfield Police and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in Wethersfield and found an unresponsive 19-year-old female on a bed in a bedroom of the home. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators located a torn wax paper packet under the female’s body and another packet on the nightstand. Subsequent laboratory testing of the contents of the packets confirmed the presence of heroin.

The investigation revealed that earlier on July 16, 2016, the victim and a juvenile friend met with CARRILLO in the parking lot of a Wethersfield motel and purchased two bags of heroin from CARRILLO for 10 dollars.

CARRILLO was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on August 2, 2016.

CARRILLO is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello on April 20, 2017, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wethersfield Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer P. Laraia and Michael E. Runowicz.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 26, 2017