Hartford, CT man gets 27 months for selling fentanyl

A 23-year-old Connecticut man busted with a large amount of drugs in Orleans County back in 2021 was sentenced today.

Jorge Torres, of Hartford, will serve up to 27 months of imprisonment. Torres previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

The judge also ordered that Torres serve three years of supervised release after he serves his term of imprisonment. According to court records, on December 21, 2021, Torres was arrested in Orleans while he was traveling north on I-91. He was found in possession of about 1,500 bags of fentanyl, several grams of crack cocaine, and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Police say prior to his arrest, Torres sold fentanyl on several occasions to one or more persons cooperating with law enforcement. He was detained following his arrest and had been in custody since that time. This was Torres’ first criminal conviction.

The Newport Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Republished from Newport Dispatch

Categories: Crime

9 replies »

  1. For possessing a handgun during the commission of a drug transaction could have gotten him 5 years in Club Fed alone. If we want to continue to pretend that fentanyl is a problem, then those who peddle the poison need to be held responsible for the death toll. 27 months? Should be 27 years.

    Use of a Firearm or Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a
    Drug Trafficking Offense:

    Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A) provides, in pertinent part:

    “Any person who, during and in relation to any crime of violence or drug trafficking
    crime . . . for which the person may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, . .. uses or carries a firearm, or who, in furtherance of any such crime, possesses a firearm, shall in addition to the punishment provided for such crime of violence or drug trafficking crime –
    (i) be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 years;
    (ii) if the firearm is brandished, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 7 years; and
    (iii) if the firearm is discharged, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years.”

  2. Why does Vermont have increasing problems with drugs and violent crime, you ask?

    Not even two and a half years imprisonment for selling deadly drugs while illegally armed. He’ll be back, and in the meantime, many will calculate the negligible risk of selling death & decay in Vermont, and simply fill in for him.

    Who says Vermont isn’t good for business?

  3. He must have neglected to act “nervous” when he was arrested, because any minority arrestee knows that you are merely being singled out by the police because you’re being “profiled” and discriminated against and NOT because you have a buttload of illegal & highly dangerous drugs in your vehicle!

  4. We lost our son from fentanyl poisoning last December and this creep gets only two years. What did they do plea bargain out the gun charge. Have a nice Christmas all you corrupt politicians, prosecutors & judges of Vermont, I hope you choke on your eggnog.

    • They typically do plea-bargain away gun charges since the penalties are much more serious. Progressives would rather punish law-abiding gun owners. So sorry for your loss. Blame the majority of voters.

  5. How many people could die from 1500 bags of fentanyl? All of the gun crimes in Vermont are by felons with illegal guns. Instead of using laws already on the books for gun crimes, VT pleas them away. Then an anti-constitutional senator from NY proposes more unconstitutional gun laws to restrict law abiding gun owners who aren’t the problem. And then the super liberal, mostly from out of state, oath defying legislature passes them and slaps each other on the back.The felons keep possession of their illegal guns and the ideological circus in Montpelier continues. This guy will be on the street about a year before his term is up. Just long enough so the public will have forgotten about him, but he’ll be back.

    • Possession to sell a lethal substance that will result in death. Arrested with possession of a hand gun. Vermont legal system is ridiculous. Fetenal is not this state only problem. Meth is on a serious rise too. Vermont drug mules are getting the drugs by mail. One would think, where are the dogs to smell the drugs. But our USPO doesn’t use dogs, police do, and only in certain situations. So huge mail order (from the southern border) into Vermont. When they are discovered, the federal sentence minimal at best. The best part, Vermonters voted these people into office.

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