New Britain man to be sentenced in federal drug trafficking case

Published on Monday, 17 July 2017 22:19
Written by LISA BACKUS

STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN – The man accused of running a large fentanyl ring, in part out of his father’s Sunrise Avenue home, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday to a decade in federal prison.

Kyle Petersen, 31, of 390 Hillhurst Avenue, pleaded guilty to distributing 400 grams or more of fentanyl in federal court in April.

New Britain police along with federal agents worked for months to gather information on a fentanyl trafficking ring operating out of New Britain based on information gathered during a car stop by a New Britain officer in December 2015.

The investigation connected Petersen, to Jared McBriarty, of Bristol, and John Casadei, of Morris, all of whom were indicted by a Grand Jury last year. Petersen would set up street level sales of large quantities of fenantyl that he had received from McBriarty, court papers released Monday said. McBriarty would get the drugs from Casadei who was ordering them on the “dark net” from China.

Called “Operation Jackpot,” as dawn broke on the morning of May 19, 2016 federal agents and local police raided several locations in the city and Bristol, coming up with the largest seizure of fentanyl in the state's history.

Investigators found much of the 2.5 kilos of fentanyl, 2 kilos of ecstasy, 50,000 counterfeit Xanax pills, 40 pounds of marijuana, $500,000 and two guns seized during the raid at the Sunrise Avenue home of Petersen's parents. Petersen’s New Britain home and McBriarty’s Bristol home were also searched.

Charles Orcutt, 27, of Windsor; Carlos Enriquez, 27, Enfield, Jesus Correa, 41, of New Britain; Isaac Ortiz, 35, of Newington; Tomasz Ziobron, 30, of New Britain; and Dominique Greco, 29, of Cromwell, were also arrested that day. Each of the men, and Rodney Kincaid, of Waterbury, was formally charged with various federal drug offenses. All but Orcutt pleaded guilty to various charges and are awaiting sentencing. Orcutt was entered into a pre-trial diversion program. Kincaid led two New Britain officers on a high-speed chase through Newington in April minutes after he bought fentanyl from Petersen while the two were under surveillance by a federal narcotics task force, court papers said. He was being held in state prison on drug charges when "Operation Jackpot" unfolded on May 19.

Petersen is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Wednesday. Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Peterson will likely get a 10-year federal prison sentence, followed by five years of supervised release, authorities said. McBriarty is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 31.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, on Monday, 17 July 2017 22:19. Updated: Monday, 17 July 2017 22:21.