Hartford felon gets 7 more years in jail for dealing drugs

HARTFORD – A town man who authorities said sold drugs while released under federal supervision will spend more than seven years in federal prison after being convicted on his last charge this week.

Jonathan “Fats” Torres, 30, was sentenced Thursday to 88 months in prison by Judge Alvin W. Thompson, followed by three years’ custody release. Because of the pandemic, he appeared in court via video conference.

Torres, also known as “U-Haul,” pleaded guilty on November 10, 2020 to distributing and distributing fentanyl and the possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal.

Thompson ordered Torres to serve 70 months on the fentanyl charge and 18 months on the supervised release violation.

Officials said Torres was released from federal prison in March 2017 after serving a 70-month prison sentence in connection with Hartford heroin distribution. During his supervised release, he was arrested by West Hartford police on September 13, 2017 when he was found with a stolen vehicle.

On July 1, 2019, Torres was arrested by Hartford police after they alleged he was in the possession of crack cocaine after showing up at Hartford Hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot.

Between December 2019 and January 2020, Torres sold fentanyl six times to a person who works with law enforcement agencies, police said.

Hartford Police arrested Torres on February 7, 2020 after being in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol, drugs and drug paraphernalia.

As part of his federal government-monitored trial for violating the release, Torres was ordered to remain in custody and subject to site surveillance on February 21, 2020.

The next month, authorities announced that Torres had made a fentanyl sale and attempted another transaction in April 2020.

Law enforcement arrested Torres on April 16, 2020.

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