April 16, 2015
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Hartford Heroin Trafficker Sentenced To Three Years In Federal Prison
(HARTFORD, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting 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 Alvaro Alvarado, 27, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.
This matter stems from a joint investigation into heroin trafficking to combat the dramatic increase in heroin overdoses in Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2014, law enforcement made two controlled purchases of heroin from Alvarado at his apartment building on Webster Street in Hartford. On March 26, 2014, a court authorized search of Alvarado’s apartment revealed approximately 700 grams of heroin, a small amount of cocaine, and approximately $3,200 in cash.
Seven hundred grams of heroin can produce approximately 28,000 individual dose bags when packaged for resale.
Alvarado has been detained since his arrest on March 26, 2014. On January 15, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Hartford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Leaming.