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Wallingford Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin

APR 19 (NEW HAVEN, Conn.) – Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Daniel Guillen, 28, of Wallingford, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.  The charge 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 August 31, 2016, the Wallingford Police Department and medical personnel responded to a residence after a report of an untimely death of a 30-year-old male.  At the scene, officers seized 12 wax paper folds, eight of which contained a powdery substance.  The State of Connecticut Forensics Laboratory subsequently reported that the substance tested positive for the presence of fentanyl and heroin.  The investigation revealed that Guillen had provided the drugs to the victim shortly before the victim’s death. 

Guillen is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on July 12, 2017, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Guillen has been detained since his arrest on January 19, 2017.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, Wallingford Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and State of Connecticut Department of Parole and Community Services.  The Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe, Fairfield and Manchester Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.


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