CT man sentenced for distribution of fentanyl and possession of firearms

A Fairfield County man who admitted selling dangerous fentanyl pills disguised as painkillers will spend two and a half years in prison.

Stratford resident Luis Colon, 51, was sentenced to 32 months behind bars on Tuesday July 12 in federal court in Hartford.

This followed his March 2021 guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Federal prosecutors said Colon, also known as “Big Lou” and “Hitman,” sold about 300 fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone to a co-conspirator.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Experts say it’s often added to other medications, leading to an increase in overdose deaths in the United States.

Colon was arrested in December 2020 after members of the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force searched his home on Dover Street in Stratford.

Inside, police found 11 firearms, numerous cartridges and approximately 50 fentanyl tablets disguised as oxycodone.

They also recovered approximately 61 grams of cocaine with packaging for sale and nearly $25,000 in cash.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, Colon’s criminal history includes state convictions for conspiracy to commit murder, assault, and robbery. As such, he was not permitted to possess any firearm or ammunition that moved in interstate commerce under federal law.

Colon was released on $150,000 bail and is due in jail Sept. 12.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, and West Hartford Police Departments, as well as the Connecticut State Police and Department of Corrections.

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