Hartford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALEX SABO-SANTIAGO, also known as “Boricua,” 42, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force learned that Sabo-Santiago was expecting a delivery of a kilogram of heroin.  On June 6, 2021, Sabo-Santiago was arrested after he met a drug courier in Hartford and took possession of what he thought was a kilogram of heroin.  A subsequent search of his residence revealed nearly one kilogram of fentanyl, items used to process and package narcotics for sale, and a 9mm firearm.

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On December 7, 2020, Sabo-Santiago pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Sabo-Santiago, who is released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on September 21.


The DEA’s Hartford Task Force includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Police Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.

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