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Wethersfield Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Heroin Involved in 19-Year-Old's Overdose Death

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLOS CARRILLO, 20, of Wethersfield, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to six months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin involved an overdose death of a Wethersfield teenager last summer. Judge Covello also ordered CARRILLO to pay restitution of $10,524.02 to the victim’s family to cover the victim’s funeral expenses.

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. On January 26, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.

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

Updated May 22, 2017

Drug Trafficking