West Hartford Man Sentenced to 47 Months in Federal Prison for Fentanyl Distribution

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KYLE PITTS, also known as “Bark,” 37, of West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 47 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2020, Hartford Police learned that Pitts and others were selling fentanyl, and that Pitts was using his apartment on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford to store the drug.  Between August and October 2020, Hartford Police and the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force made multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl from Pitts, Curon Johnson and Jabari Walcott.

Pitts has been detained since his arrest on November 4, 2020.  On that date, a search of his residence, vehicle and person revealed fentanyl packaged for distribution, a small amount of crack cocaine, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, gold and diamond jewelry, a Rolex watch, and more than $2,000 in cash.

On May 7, 2021, Pitts pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl.

This is Pitts’ second federal narcotics conviction.  On July 22, 2011, Pitts was sentenced in New Haven federal court to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for the gang-related distribution of crack cocaine in Hartford.  In February 2016, due to changes in the federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, Pitts’ sentence was reduced to 80 months of imprisonment.  He was released from federal prison in August 2016.

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Johnson and Walcott also pleaded guilty.  On July 22, 2021, Johnson, also known as “Buck,” of East Hartford, was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment, and on September 7, 2021, Walcott also known as “Jabari Walcott-Greene,” of Hartford, was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

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