NEW BRITAIN - The man accused of running a large fentanyl ring, in part out of his fatherâ€™s Sunrise Avenue home, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday to a decade in federal prison.
Kyle Petersen, 31, of 390 Hillhurst Ave., pleaded guilty in April in a federal court to distributing 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
New Britain police and federal agents worked for months to get 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 fentanyl he had received from McBriarty, court papers released Monday said. McBriarty would get the drugs from Casadei, who was ordering them on the â€śdark netâ€ť from China.
As dawn broke on May 19, 2016, federal agents and local police launched â€śOperation Jackpot,â€ť raiding several locations in the city and Bristol and coming up with the largest seizure of fentanyl in the stateâ€™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 Petersenâ€™s parents. Petersenâ€™s New Britain home and McBriartyâ€™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.
All of the men, along with Rodney Kincaid, of Waterbury, were charged with various federal drug offenses. All but Orcutt pleaded guilty to various charges and are awaiting sentencing. Orcutt was entered into a pretrial 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 â€śOperation Jackpotâ€ť unfolded on May 19.
Petersen is scheduled to be sentenced in a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.