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9 arrested in Fentanyl distribution ring

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Authorities released information on Thursday after 9 people were arrested. (WFSB) Authorities released information on Thursday after 9 people were arrested. (WFSB)
The United States Attorney tweeted this photo and stated "DEA Task Force Takes Down Fentanyl Distribution Ring." (@USAO_CT) The United States Attorney tweeted this photo and stated "DEA Task Force Takes Down Fentanyl Distribution Ring." (@USAO_CT)

Nine people were arrested on federal charges in connection with a Fentanyl distribution ring.

The following people were arrested

  • John Casadei, 45, of Morris
  • Jared McBriarty, 31, of Bristol
  • Kyle Petersen, 30, of New Britain
  • Charles Orcutt, 27, of Windsor
  • Carlos Enriquez, 27, of Enfield
  • Jesus Correa, 41, of New Britain
  • Isaac Ortiz, 35, of Newington
  • Tomasz Ziobron, 30, of New Britain
  • Dominique Greco, 29, of Cromwell

“We believe that this groundbreaking investigation has identified a major supplier of fentanyl in our state,” United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly said in a statement on Thursday.

Authorities started their investigation in December 2015 after learning that Peterson was selling fentanyl powder, prescription pills and marijuana.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that McBriarty and Casadei were supplying Peteson with fentanyl and various prescription pills.

Authorities said Casadei used the Darknet to buy large amounts of fentanyl that were shipped from China. 

“Fentanyl is a highly dangerous synthetic opioid which can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin.  In the wrong hands, it’s deadly.  Here in Connecticut, like other parts of the country, we are battling an escalating epidemic of opioid abuse,” Daly said. 

In 2015, there were 482 people, who died from heroin and opoid abuse. In 2016, there were 93 deaths in January and February. If deaths continue at this rate, the state will surpass the 2015 numbers.

“Tragically, this epidemic is leading to an increasing number of opioid deaths.  Toxicology reports for these overdose victims often reveal the presence of fentanyl,” Daly said. 

Daly went on to say that this investigation “provided us with an important window into how fentanyl is winding up on our streets.”

He also thanked the efforts of the DEA Task Force Officers and the New Britain Police Department Special Services Unit as well as DEA’s Hartford Task Force.

“These defendants will now experience the full force of federal law,” Daly said. 

DEA Special Agent in Charge Ferguson said that opioid abuse is “at epidemic levels” and leading “too many” deaths in Connecticut.

“Those affected are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members.  DEA is committed to bringing to justice those who put these deadly poisons on our streets and in the hands of those struggling with addiction.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of our collaborative law enforcement efforts in Connecticut to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes these lethal drugs,” Ferguson said in a statement on Thursday.

Authorities said just 3 to 4 grains, which is a similar size to a grain of sand or salt, can kill someone.  

The street value of fentanyl is $100 a gram. There are 1,000 grams in a kilogram, so that means $100,000 per kilogram. Authorities seized upwards of $100 million. 

Ernest Petersen of New Britain is now dealing with the news of his 30-year-old son Kyle is one of those 9 arrested today.  

He is being charged with distributing the type of drug that has been responsible in part for killing 482 people in Connecticut last year.

"For me this is really, really tough. I don't know what to say. I've worked my whole life to raise my children to be respectful people. , What am I supposed to do. , I don't know what to say," Petersen said.

Petersen said he had been in prison himself until recently, and had no knowledge of what his son was doing in his home. No knowledge until the police came to his door with a search warrant this morning.

"The cops come knocking on the door. The FBI, DEA, local police, Wethersfield Police. It was pretty scary for me. I put my arms up and said do what you gotta do," Petersen said.

And while Petersen said he had no idea what his son is alleged to have been doing, the authorities believe they have uncovered an international pipeline.

Eight of the nine arrested including Kyle Petersen were still in jail on Thursday night.  

To learn more on the investigation, click here. 

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