A Rocky Hill man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl, according to federal authorities.

Sean Thomas, 32, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 4 years of supervised release, according to federal authorities.

Federal authorities, citing court documents and statements made in court, said Hartford police are investigating Thomas and others for distributing fentanyl and marijuana in 2020. “As part of the investigation , an undercover officer purchased marijuana from an employee of Puff Paradise, a smoke shop on New Britain Avenue owned by Thomas,” federal authorities said in a statement.

In June 2020, in “anticipation of the execution of multiple search warrants,” investigators watched Thomas as he drove from Rocky Hill to Hartford’s Kenneth Street and then got into a Dodge Durango, according to federal authorities. .

“Believing Thomas was conducting a narcotics transaction, detectives approached the Durango,” federal authorities said in the statement. “Tafarie Green, the driver of the vehicle, sped up and drove straight at the detectives who swerved. Green then drove at high speed over a sidewalk and through two chain-link fences before crashing into a tree. “

Green fled, but Thomas was apprehended and a search of Puff Paradise revealed approximately three pounds of marijuana, the statement said. A “search of Thomas’ residence revealed over 100 grams of unpackaged fentanyl, approximately 3,500 bags of packaged fentanyl, items used to process and package narcotics for sale on the street, and $16,511 in cash.”

Thomas pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl on Jan. 20, the statement said.

Green was arrested on July 13, 2020, and pleaded guilty to felony possession of a firearm, the statement said. He was sentenced to 62 months in prison on August 31, 2021.