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Two Charged With Conspiring To Distribute Heroin

Federal authorities have charged two men, one from Wethersfield man and the other from West Hartford, with drug trafficking offenses after the men allegedly tried to buy three kilograms of what they thought was heroin from an undercover officer.

Jose “Pete” Carrasquillo, 31, and Dwayne Thompson, 32, were indicted Tuesday a grand jury sitting in U.S. District Court in New Haven. Thompson, of West Hartford, also faces a charge of illegally possessing a gun, according to the U.S. Attorney.

In July, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force received information that Carrasquillo wanted to obtain and then distribute heroin. In August, he agreed to buy three kilograms from an undercover officer, according to the government.

On Aug. 22, Carrasquillo and Thompson drove separately to South Windsor to complete the transaction. The person they were meeting was working with law enforcement.

Thompson was arrested that day and was found in possession of a gun and $126,200 in cash. Carrasquillo fled, but was arrested later.

The indictment charges each man with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and one count of attempt to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Thompson is also charged with carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

The government is seeking forfeiture of the money and gun Thompson allegedly had at the time of his arrest. Both men are free on bail.

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