On Thursday at the US District Court in Bridgeport, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden sentenced Fernando Tolentino Jr., also known as “Humacao,” 50, of Hartford to 9 years of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.
In 2016, the DEA Hartford Task Force conducted an investigation of an organization that was trafficking large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and other narcotics in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
This investigation included wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance and it was determined that members of this organization were receiving bulk quantities of heroin and fentanyl from out-of-state suppliers.
The heroin/fentanyl that the organization received was stored in multiple locations and then was sold in the Hartford, Springfield and Holyoke areas.
During this investigation, information was received that Tolentino lived at 280 Collins Street in Hartford and operated a drug and firearm stash location at 280 Collins Street for the organization.
Also through information received, Tolentino was regularly distributing heroin/fentanyl to customers and street-level distributors, and served as a “look out” for the organization.
As part of this investigation, 14 individuals were charged with various narcotics, firearms and immigration offenses, approximately 10 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl was seized as well as 7 firearms.