Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking Offense

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JUAN HAZARD, also known as “Money,” 42, of Cranston, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty yesterday in New Haven federal court to a fentanyl trafficking offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2017, HAZARD agreed to meet an individual at a location in Ledyard to conduct a narcotics transaction.  On April 26, 2017, investigators stopped HAZARD’s vehicle in Ledyard.  HAZARD was arrested after investigators located a wooden box containing three shrink-wrapped packages containing a total of approximately 338 grams of fentanyl in the rear of the vehicle.  HAZARD’s young child was in the back seat of the car at the time of the offense.

HAZARD pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford on December 10, 2018.

HAZARD has been detained since his federal arrest on May 4, 2018.

This investigation has been conducted by the FBI and the Ledyard, Town of Groton and Waterford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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