Waterbury man charged with fentanyl distribution offenses


Date: September 2, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Marbin Jimenez, also known as "Rabia," of Waterbury, was arrested on August 31, 2020, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation headed by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the Waterbury Police Department into a Waterbury-based drug trafficking operation headed by Nestor Sosa-Ortiz. The investigation, which has included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance, and controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that Sosa-Ortiz's organization received large quantities of heroin and fentanyl from suppliers in Connecticut and New York and distributed the narcotics throughout New Haven County.

After Sosa-Ortiz was arrested in New York City on a separate federal heroin and fentanyl trafficking charge in May 2019, he continued to control his drug network while incarcerated by using smuggled cell phones to communicate with various co-conspirators, including his sisters, Isamelis Sosa-Ortiz and Imirici Sosa-Ortiz, in Waterbury.

On November 6, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 15 members of the Sosa drug trafficking organization with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl. A superseding indictment returned in January 2020 added a sixteenth defendant.

Jimenez was subsequently identified as a redistributor for the Sosa-Ortiz drug trafficking organization.

In addition, on three occasions in July and August 2020, investigators conducted controlled purchases of fentanyl from Jimenez.

Jimenez was arrested on August 31, 2020, in Waterbury. It is alleged that he possessed a distribution quantity of fentanyl at the time of his arrest.

Jimenez, who has been detained since his arrest, has a detention hearing scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Nestor Sosa-Ortiz, Isamelis Sosa-Ortiz and Imirici Sosa-Ortiz have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force and the Waterbury Police Department. The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck, and Waterbury Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tara E. Levens, Lauren C. Clark and Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.