A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison for participating in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy. The dealer, 32-year-old Jared McBriarty of Bristol, Connecticut, worked with at least two other Connecticut men to import fentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam from a darknet vendor in China, court officials said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl in April.
The DEA started investigating a Connecticut-based drug trafficking organization in December 2015. Agents targeted Kyle Peterson, a co-conspirator. Officers found that he had been supplying fentanyl to Rodney Kincaid, a dealer and small-time supplier in Central Connecticut. After wiretapping Peterson, the DEA learned that Peterson received the fentanyl and various pills he redistributed from another local man—the now sentenced Jared McBriarty.
“This is the first wire-tap in the nation to focus primarily on fentanyl,” U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly said. “We believe that this ground-breaking investigation has identified a major supplier of fentanyl here in Connecticut.”
McBriarty, the DEA discovered, bought drugs through his accomplice, Morris resident John Casadei. Casadei purchased fentanyl, various prescription opioids, ecstasy, and Xanax from a darknet vendor in China. He, through McBriarty, redistributed those drugs through Peterson, Kincaid, and several other dealers in the area. Peterson had successfully distributed more than a kilogram of fentanyl in the area and needed more product. Casadei ordered another kilogram of fentanyl from his supplier in China but law enforcement intercepted the package before it entered the mail stream.
State authorities arrested Kincaid after he had purchased 28 grams of fentanyl from Peterson on April 26, 2016. On May 19, 2016, the DEA moved in on the three main conspirators—Casadei, McBriarty, and Peterson. At Peterson’s home that doubled as a stash spot, officers found $740,000 in cash, 40,000 Xanax pills, and 3.2 kilograms. At another location belonging to Peterson, officers found more drugs and $11,000 in cash. They later seized $80,000 from Peterson’s personal bank account.
DEA Special Agent in Charge of DEA Operations in New England Michael J. Ferguson said that the bust was the largest opioid bust in the state. A total of nine suspects landed in custody and the DEA seized a collective total of roughly 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl.
On April 26, 2017, Kincaid pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent. McBriarty, Casadei, and Peterson pleaded guilty to the same charges. U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill sentenced Peterson to 10 years in prison on 19, 2017. He sentenced Kincaid to 66 months in prison on August 21, 2017. He sentenced McBriarty to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release on December 12, 2017.
McBriarty has been out on bail and will continue to live the life of a free man until January 23, 2018. He is then required to turn himself over to the authorities for incarceration. Casadei is currently still waiting for a sentencing hearing.