A Wethersfield man pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court on Friday to a fentanyl trafficking offense, according to federal authorities.
Fabio Vargas-Gonzalez, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and is expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on July 29, authorities say. federal.
Federal authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said the DEA’s Hartford Task Force had developed information that Vargas-Gonzalez was “involved in narcotics trafficking activities in the area of Hartford”.
Investigators monitored Vargas-Gonzalez on March 11, 2020, as he drove a van from Connecticut to New Jersey and then back to Connecticut, according to federal authorities. “In Danbury, investigators stopped Vargas-Gonzalez’s van for a motor vehicle violation and, after Vargas-Gonzalez consented to a search, found approximately two kilograms of fentanyl hidden in the spare tire compartment. of the van.
Vargas-Gonzalez is free on $175,000 bond.
The DEA Hartford Task Force includes members of the DEA Resident Office Hartford, Connecticut State Police, and Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill Police Departments , Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.