Waterbury man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for role in heroin and fentanyl trafficking ring

 

Date: November 18, 2020

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Darry Jose Guerrero, also known as "Domi," of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a heroin and fentanyl trafficking ring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the Waterbury Police Department revealed that Nestor Sosa-Ortiz operated a Waterbury-based drug trafficking organization that received large quantities of heroin and fentanyl from suppliers in Connecticut and New York and distributed the narcotics throughout New Haven County. The organization used an apartment located at 330 Bishop Street in Waterbury to store kilogram-quantities of heroin and fentanyl, and to process and package the drugs for street sale. After Nestor 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.

The investigation revealed that Guerrero helped to maintain the Bishop Street apartment, and that he processed and packaged narcotics on behalf of the organization.

Guerrero and several co-defendants were arrested on October 29, 2019. On that date, investigators executed five search warrants and seized approximately six kilograms of suspected heroin/fentanyl, approximately 100,000 bags of suspected heroin/fentanyl packaged for street distribution, approximately 1,000 fentanyl pills disguised as Percocet pills, one firearm and approximately $50,000 in cash.

On June 18, 2020, Guerrero pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

Sosa-Ortiz pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Guerrero, who was released on a $50,000 bond, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusion of today's court proceeding.

This investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force, and the Waterbury Police Department. The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the 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 Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis and Lauren Clark.