Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned a five-count indictment charging ANTHONY HARRIS, 51, of Farmington, with multiple counts relating to the illegal distribution of oxycodone.
The indictment was returned on June 1 and Harris was arrested today. He appeared via videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson and was released on a $50,000 bond.
As alleged in statements made in court, Harris was prescribed oxycodone, but unlawfully sold his prescribed pills over the course of more than three years.
The indictment charges Harris with four counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, oxycodone, and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribute, oxycodone. Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Bristol Police Department. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, East Windsor, Hamden, New Britain, West Haven, Newington, Manchester, Glastonbury and Watertown Police Departments. Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Conor M. Reardon and Nathaniel J. Gentile.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of Connecticut