By Yuan Chu –
Wednesday, at the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Luis Ciuro, 37, of East Hartford, Connecticut was was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Ciuro, in November 2020, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
On October 15, 2019, Manchester, Connecticut Police received a call reporting that a woman was yelling and displaying a gun outside of an apartment building on John Olds Drive in Manchester.
Law enforcement had previously received information that an individual was operating a fentanyl mill in an apartment within the same building. Responding officers conducted surveillance of the building and saw Ciuro exit the building and place a black bag into the trunk of a car.
After Ciuro and another individual entered the car and it drove away, officers conducted a traffic stop. An officer opened the trunk of the car and retrieved the bag that Ciuro had carried from the building and inside the bag was a shoebox with $70,000 in cash, and a second shoebox that contained two loaded handguns, both of which had been reported stolen.
After Ciuro admitted to law enforcement that he used an apartment on John Olds Drive to store and process narcotics, a search of the apartment revealed approximately 687 grams of fentanyl, .69 grams of PCP, four grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and various drug-packaging materials.