WEST HARTFORD — John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, recently announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging Brian Velez, also known as “Whites,” 31, of West Hartford, formerly of Hartford, with distributing fentanyl while released on bond in a federal case said an email from the office.
According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2018, a car Velez was operating sped away from Hartford Police officers who were attempting to stop the vehicle in Hartford’s South End. Velez parked in a driveway of a residence on Newbury Street and then ran from the car while carrying a duffle bag. After Velez was apprehended, a detective located the duffle bag in Velez’s path of travel. The bag contained a disassembled Ruger AR 556 semi-automatic rifle.
Velez was held from the date of his arrest until April 2, 2019, when he was released on a $100,000 bond.
As alleged in court documents, in January 2020, law enforcement received information that Velez was involved in ongoing criminal activity, including the distribution of drugs. On Jan. 28, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of 20 bags of fentanyl from Velez in Hartford.
On Jan. 29, Velez pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, stemming from his arrest in November 2018.
Velez has been detained since March 12, after he was arrested for distributing fentanyl.
The indictment charges Velez with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, and committing the offense while on release in a federal case, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force, the FBI’s Connecticut Violent Crime Task Force, and the Hartford Police Department.