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Man admits selling heroin at Bridgeport grocery stores

Photo by Tara O'Neill

A Meriden man pleaded guilty to a federal offense this week, admitting his role in trafficking heroin from two stores he ran on East Main Street in Bridgeport, according to federal prosecutors.

Eddy Antonio Torres Morel, 50, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin before Judge Robert A. Richardson via videoconference.

He was released on $300,000 bond pending sentencing, which Richardson has scheduled for September 24 in Hartford.

He was charged with trafficking narcotics from Big Daddy’s Deli and Jamal Market, two stores he operated on East Main Street in Park City.

Prosecutors said that during an investigation, law enforcement set up two controlled purchases of half a kilogram of heroin – first at Jamal Market on October 29, 20219, then at the Big Daddy’s Deli on January 24, 2020.

Morel was arrested on Feb. 5, 2020. That day, investigators searched his home and shops, seizing two firearms, assorted gun parts, ammunition and about $22,000, prosecutors said.