Feds: Man sold oxycodone pills out of his CT grocery store

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced 50-year-old Raul "Edgar" Cabrera-Vasquez, of Hartford, Conn., to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced 50-year-old Raul “Edgar” Cabrera-Vasquez, of Hartford, Conn., to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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NEW BRITAIN — A Hartford man was sentenced to spend four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone out of his local grocery store, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced 50-year-old Raul “Edgar” Cabrera-Vasquez to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

His Thursday court appearance was held via video conference due to the pandemic.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone on Feb. 18, stemming from an investigation that dates back about two years.

In the summer of 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and New Britain police started to investigate individuals selling oxycodone pills from Elzier Grocery at 1485 Corbin Ave.

Cabrera-Vasquez owned and helped run the New Britain grocery store.

From July through December 2019, prosecutors said, investigators made multiple controlled buys of oxycodone pills from Cabrera-Vasquez and others at the store.

Law enforcement officers searched the store and a nearby home on Feb. 26, 2020. Prosecutors said officers seized more than 1000 oxycodone pills, drug packaging materials, dug ledgers and about $10,000.

Cabrera-Vasquez was taken into custody on March 1, 2020.

He was released on a $50,000 bond and told to report to prison to begin his sentence on July 7.