Feds: Hartford fentanyl dealer gets more than 5 years in jail

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The Richard C. Lee United States Courthouse, the home of U.S. District Court in New Haven, at 141 Church St.

The Richard C. Lee United States Courthouse, the home of U.S. District Court in New Haven, at 141 Church St.

Ben Lambert / Hearst Connecticut Media

HARTFORD — A city man who distributed fentanyl while on federal supervised release will spend five and a half years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Yacov “C-Low” Ocasio, 24, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to serve 66 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

He pleaded guilty on Nov. 5, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl.

In December 2019, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and Hartford police learned that Ocasio was selling fentanyl in Hartford, authorities said.

Between December 2019 and March 2020, investigators set up seven controlled purchases of fentanyl from Ocasio.

On April 15, 2020, law enforcement officers arrested Ocasio at a Hartford hotel where he was staying. Authorities said at the time of his arrest he was in possession of 160 bags of fentanyl.

Ocasio has been detained since his arrest.

Since May 2019, authorities said Ocasio had been on federal supervised release after a conviction for possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin/fentanyl.

In that case, Ocasio sold heroin/fentanyl to a 28-year-old Middletown resident in August 2016 that authorities said caused the man’s fatal overdose.

On Aug. 28, 2017, Ocasio was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release.