Date: January 5, 2021

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Joseph Anthony Carbone of Queens, New York, formerly of Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone

According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately May 2017 to August 2019, Carbone conspired with others to acquire and sell approximately 8,100 oxycodone pills in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Carbone and others acting at his discretion sold the pills at various locations in Connecticut, including at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Carbone was arrested on August 5, 2019.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for March 30, 2021, at which time Carbone faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Carbone is released on a $200,000 bond pending sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department, with the assistance of the Town of Groton and Stamford Police Departments, the New London State's Attorney's Office, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed and Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Paul Narducci, who has been cross designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in this matter.