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Norwich Man Sentenced to More Than 14 Years in Prison for Dark Web Fentanyl Distribution, Firearm Offenses

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BARRY DUCLOS, 43, of Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 170 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking fentanyl analogues on the dark web and firearm offenses.

According to the evidence introduced during his trial, between approximately September 2017 and February 2018, Duclos operated a vendor page on the dark web “Dream Market.”  Using the alias 1NOLEFB1, Duclos advertised the sale of fentanyl analogues on Dream Market.  He then used the U.S. Mail to ship fentanyl analogues to customers who paid for the drugs using Bitcoin.

On September 21, 2017, a 39-year-old man in Tennessee fatally overdosed after using cyclopropyl fentanyl he ordered from Duclos.

Duclos was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on February 12, 2018.  A search of his residence at the time of his arrest revealed a YHM rifle with multiple magazines, two of which were extended magazines.  The firearm was loaded with a round in the chamber.  Investigators also located and seized fentanyl and carfentanil from the residence, along with a computer used by Duclos to access Dream Market.

Duclos was convicted in state court, in February 2001, of sale of narcotics and, in March 2017, of larceny in the third degree.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

On July 30, 2021, a jury found Duclos guilty of seven counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl analogues; one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and carfentanil; one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon; and one count possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Duclos has been detained since his arrest.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Connecticut State Police, the Norwich Police Department, and the Robertson County (Tenn.) Sherriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren C. Clark and Patrick J. Doherty.

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