Milford drug trafficker pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution charge


Date: May 21, 2024


Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Wilson Guzman, Jr. of Milford, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Sarala V. Nagala in Hartford to a fentanyl trafficking offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a DEA New Haven Task Force investigation revealed that Guzman advertised various controlled substances, including fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and fake Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, and other drugs, through an encrypted phone messaging application. He then distributed the drugs to customers in person and through the U.S. mail. Guzman used locations in West Haven and North Haven to store and prepare narcotics for distribution. Between June and August 2023, investigators made controlled purchases of drugs from Guzman, including more than 1,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, counterfeit Adderall containing methamphetamine, and psilocybin mushrooms.

Guzman was arrested on Sept. 6, 2023. On that date investigators searched his Milford residence and the West Haven and North Haven locations and seized various controlled substances, including methamphetamine pills, Xanax pills, psilocybin mushrooms, and approximately 20 kilograms of marijuana, as well as an AR-15 style rifle and a Glock style Polymer 80 handgun that had no serial numbers (“ghost guns”).

Guzman pleaded guilty to distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. Judge Nagala scheduled sentencing for Aug. 9, 2024. Guzman is detained pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (CI), the East Haven Police Department, West Haven Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Connecticut State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel E. Cummings.

CI is the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, identity theft and more. CI special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over violations of the Internal Revenue Code, obtaining a more than a 90 percent federal conviction rate. The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 12 attaché posts abroad.