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Fairfield County Man Charged With Trafficking Synthetic Opioid

Authorities searched Gilberto Valentin's home on Turn of River Road in Stamford on Friday, May 4.
Authorities searched Gilberto Valentin's home on Turn of River Road in Stamford on Friday, May 4. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A 28-year-old Stamford man has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a synthetic opioid, John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on Monday.

Gilberto Valentin, also known as “Miguel Perez-Sanchez,” who was arrested on May 4, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and was ordered detained.

As alleged in court documents, law enforcement identified Valenti as a suspected drug supplier of a heroin distributor residing in Albany, New York.

Tthe DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Stamford Police Department conducted a search of Valentin’s residence at 69 Turn of River Road on Friday, May 4 and seized a shoebox containing approximately 1,950 glassine folds of suspected narcotics packaged for resale.

Preliminary testing of the seized substance indicated the presence of a synthetic opioid known as U-47700, commonly referred to by the street name “pinks.” The shoebox also contained approximately 51 grams of a compressed powder, consistent with heroin/ fentanyl and their derivatives, which has not yet been tested for safety reasons, according to Durham.

The charged offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This matter is being investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Stamford Police Department, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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