Wallingford man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Wallingford man pleads guilty to federal drug charges


WALLINGFORD — A man facing drug charges after federal agents raided a Center Street barbershop in January pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Daniel Guillen, 28, of Wallingford, pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. He was charged on Jan. 19 following a Drug Enforcement Agency raid at Central Barber Shop, 88 Center St.

Guillen will be sentenced in Hartford on July 12 and faces up to 20 years in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. He has been detained since his arrest.

On Aug. 31, Wallingford police responded to a residence for the death of a 30-year-old man and seized 12 wax folds, eight of which contained fentanyl. An ensuing investigation revealed Guillen provided the drugs to the man shortly before his death, the statement said.

Guillen was charged as part of an ongoing statewide initiative targeting dealers who distribute narcotics that cause serious injury or death. About a dozen officers entered Central Barber Shop on Jan. 19, witnesses said. Officers drew guns and told Guillen to get on the ground. During the raid, 100 bags of suspected heroin or fentanyl were seized, along with vials and capsules of steroids.

According to court records, Guillen has six prior state convictions. In 2009, he was convicted of sale of a controlled substance and sentenced to unconditional discharge. That year, he also pleaded guilty to illegal transfer of a pistol or revolver and carrying a pistol without a permit, leading to an 18-month prison sentence. In 2010, he was convicted of interfering with an officer and sentenced to nine months in prison. In 2012, he was convicted of possession with intent to sell and sentenced to a five-year suspended prison term. A year later, he was sentenced to unconditional discharge after pleading guilty to sale of a hallucinogen or narcotic, as well as 33 months in prison followed by 33 months of special parole for possession with intent to sell.

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