Norwalk man pleads guilty to fentanyl trafficking charge

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NORWALK — A Norwalk resident entered a guilty plea in federal court to a charge of fentanyl trafficking, U.S.

Attorney for the District of Connecticut Vanessa Roberts Avery announced.

Jose de Jesus Vega-Cervantes, 45, a Mexican citizen previously residing in Norwalk, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to the charge related to his involvement in the distribution of fentanyl.

Court documents and statements presented in court revealed that in July and August, the Drug Enforcement Administration, in conjunction with the Norwalk Police Department, conducted controlled purchases of fentanyl from Vega-Cervantes.

On Aug. 22, Vega-Cervantes was taken into custody after he attempted to sell one kilogram of fentanyl to an informant cooperating with authorities.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Vega-Cervantes is currently detained, pending sentencing.

A date for sentencing has yet to be determined.

The investigation into this case was a collaborative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Norwalk Police Department.

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