NY man pleads guilty to selling oxycodone pills at Connecticut casino

A Queens, N.Y., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with other people to sell oxycodone pills in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Joseph Anthony Carbone, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, according to an announcement from John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Carbone, a former Pennsylvania resident, “conspired with others to acquire and sell approximately 8,100 oxycodone pills in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” from about May 2017 to August 2019, according to the news release, which cited court documents and statements. Carbone and people “acting at his discretion” sold pills at the Foxwoods Resort Casino and other places in Connecticut, it said.

He was arrested in August 2019, according to the release.

Carbone pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bridgeport before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley, who slated sentencing for March 30, according to the release. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

He was released on a $200,000 bond, the release stated.

“This investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department, with the assistance of the Town of Groton and Stamford Police Departments, the New London State’s Attorney’s Office, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),” the release states. “The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Narducci, who has been cross designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in this matter.”

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