Federal drug agents arrest Hartford man, seize 13,000 fentanyl doses and kilo of cocaine from South End apartment

Zach Murdock, Hartford Courant

A Hartford man suspected of dealing fentanyl across Connecticut and New York was captured Wednesday with almost 13,000 doses of fentanyl and a kilogram of cocaine stashed inside his South End apartment.

Christopher Alamo, 33, was arrested by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and charged with a series of drug and weapons offenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut announced Thursday afternoon.

Agents investigating drug trafficking between the two states late last year initially zeroed in on a New York man and arrested him Monday in Hudson, where he was found with 400 bags of fentanyl, according to court records.

That man admitted to investigators he had purchased the drugs from his supplier, Alamo, at an apartment in a Clifford Street complex in Hartford, records show. He described the amount of drugs he saw there and that Alamo was armed with a handgun and ballistic vest.

Agents obtained a search warrant for the apartment and served it Wednesday, where they found Alamo with a woman, another man and a 10-year-old child. Alamo “spontaneously” told investigators, while handcuffed, that the drugs were his and that the others “did not have anything to do with this,” court records show.

Inside agents found the kitchen table filled with thousands of small, clear plastic baggies and the substance used to cut fentanyl for retail sale on the street. They also found a loaded .40-caliber Glock 22 handgun with high-capacity magazine and a ballistic vest.

More fentanyl was located in the bedroom, along with a drum magazine for another firearm and a kilogram brick of cocaine hidden inside the closet that Alamo told investigators he had forgotten about, court records show. Agents also found another 300 grams of marijuana and more drug packaging materials.

Alamo has previous felony convictions for drug, weapon and larceny offenses, barring him from legally owning a firearm, prosecutors said.

Alamo appeared before a federal judge by videoconference not long after his arrest and was charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and 40 grams or more of fentanyl, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, prosecutors said. If convicted, he could face up to 55 years in prison.

Zach Murdock can be reached at zmurdock@courant.com.