Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor
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An East Harford man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Nov. 9 for distribution of heroin.
According to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly, Orlando Tirado, 30, of East Hartford investigators searched Tirado’s vehicle on June 4, 2014. After the East Hartford resident consented to the search, law enforcement discovered $5,200 in cash.
Months later, on November 27, 2014, Tirado fled from Hartford Police who were investigating a domestic assault. Tirado began to throw six bricksized packages which law enforcement seized. The packages contained 3,003 bags of heroin. Tirado was arrested and charged with state narcotics offenses.
The arrest stems from a drug enforcement initiative in place in the Hartford Task Force administration due to large of amounts of heroin the Hartford area.
While on pre-trial release in May 2015, Tirado and several associates were revealed to be working together in the selling of narcotics. Court authorized wiretaps aided in the arrest of one of Tirado’s associates who traveled from Hartford to New York City. Law enforcement officials conducted a search of the associate’s vehicle and seized approximately $125,000 in cash.
Tirado has a criminal history including multiple felonies convictions for narcotics trafficking, assault and battery of a police officer.
Six of Tirado’s associates were charged stemming from this investigation.
Tirado will serve 84 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release.