John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, today announced the unsealing of two indictments charging a total of six men with narcotics trafficking offenses.
On August 12, 2020, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a seven-count superseding indictment charging the following five men with conspiring to distribute fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine:
WILTON REYNOSO, also known as Manuel Jose Echevarria-Lugo, 49, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Waterbury
TYSON QUINONES, also known as “Ty,” 34, of Waterbury
DEESHAWN PITTMAN, also known as “Low,” 30, of New Haven
QUENTINE DAVIS, 29 of New Haven
GLEN REDMOND, 55, of Springfield, Massachusetts
As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, in late 2019, the DEA New Haven Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of heroin and fentanyl in New Haven. The investigation, which included thousands of intercepted communications over court-authorized wiretaps, revealed that Pittman, Davis and others were distributing fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine to a large customer base in New Haven County. Pittman was supplied with fentanyl and heroin by Quinones, who also distributed narcotics to his own customers in and around Waterbury. Quinones and Redmond were supplied with fentanyl and heroin from Reynoso, who received large quantities of fentanyl and heroin from a source in New York.
On June 13, 2020, investigators sought to arrest Reynoso, Quinones and Pittman after intercepting a series of calls that, as alleged, indicated that Reynoso and Quinones were planning to conduct a 200-gram heroin transaction, with a portion of the drugs possibly destined for Pittman. On that date, Pittman was arrested at his residence, a search of which revealed approximately 50 grams of a mixture fentanyl and heroin, and more than $15,000 in cash. Quinones was arrested at the anticipated meeting place. A subsequent search of his residence revealed a stolen, loaded 9mm pistol. Reynoso fled from the meeting scene in his vehicle, which was found abandoned nearby. He was arrested a short time later after he returned to the vehicle. A search of a location in Waterbury that Reynoso used to store, process and package narcotics revealed more than kilogram of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin.
Reynoso, Quinones and Pittman were originally charged by indictment on June 17. Davis and Redmond were arrested earlier this week after the superseding indictment was returned.
Each defendant is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine base (“crack”). If convicted of this charge, based on the type and quantity of drugs attributable to each defendant, Reynoso, Quinones and Pittman face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, and Davis and Redmond face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
The superseding indictment also charges Reynoso and Pittman with additional fentanyl distribution offenses, and Reynoso with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Reynoso, Quinones and Davis are detained, and Pittman and Redmond are released on bond.
On August 12, the grand jury also returned a three-count indictment charging Quinones and NORMAN ALEXIS GALLARDO, 36, of Meriden, with conspiring to distribute cocaine between February and June 2020. Quinones and Gallardo are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and two counts of attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
If convicted of these charges, Quinones and Gallardo each faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, on each count.
Gallardo was arrested out of state and is in custody awaiting transport to Connecticut to face these charges.
U.S. Attorney Durham noted that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation is being conducted by the DEA New Haven Task Force with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Task Force includes participants from the U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Departments.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys H. Gordon Hall and John T. Pierpont, Jr.