Citizen of the Dominican Republic Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution and Gun Possession Offenses

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John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL JIMENEZ DE LA CRUZ, 33, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to fentanyl distribution and firearm possession offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Jimenez was arrested on September 20, 2018, after special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at his Waterbury residence.  Outside of Jimenez’s bedroom window, agents found a trash bag that contained a powdery substance that that later tested positive for fentanyl.  The trash bag also contained a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver. 

Jimenez pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years, and one count of possession of a firearm by an alien illegally or unlawfully in the U.S., which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for September 4, 2019.

Jiminez has been detained since his arrest.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Pierpont, Jr.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.