Yonkers Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ORLANDO JIMENEZ, 48, of Yonkers, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2021, in meetings in Norwalk that were arranged and monitored by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, Jimenez provided samples of narcotics to an individual working with law enforcement. During the meetings, Jimenez discussed selling the individual two kilograms of fentanyl for $38,000 per kilogram.
On August 10, 2021, Jimenez again met the individual in Norwalk and sold him approximately 100 grams of suspected fentanyl for $3,800. Subsequent laboratory testing of the substance Jimenez provided determined it to be a mixture of fentanyl and ADB-Butinaca, a synthetic cannabinoid similar to “K2” or “Spice.”
On August 26, 2021, Jimenez was arrested at meeting location after he traveled to Norwalk to sell two kilograms of suspected fentanyl to the individual. After his arrest, Jimenez stated to investigators that he had two kilograms of heroin in the back seat of his vehicle. Investigators located and seized two rectangle-shaped bricks from the vehicle. Laboratory testing of the bricks of suspected narcotics determined them to contain mostly ADB-Butinaca, and less than one percent of fentanyl.
On February 1, 2023, Jimenez pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Jimenez, who is released on a $150,000 bond, is required to report to prison on September 5.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, which includes personnel from the DEA Bridgeport Resident Office, the Connecticut State Police, and the Bridgeport, Danbury, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, and Stratford Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren C. Clark.