BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – DEA New England Division Distinctive Agent in Demand Brian D. Boyle and Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Miguel Freytes, 42, of Bristol, was sentenced by U.S. District Decide Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, adopted by four years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut by way of the U.S. Mail.
According to court docket paperwork and statements produced in court docket, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Job Drive and the U.S. Postal Inspection Services designed evidence about a drug trafficking business that was sending USPS parcels that contains kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and Massachusetts. Among July and December 2018, legislation enforcement intercepted and seized 5 suspect parcels that ended up staying mailed to addresses in Bristol, Meriden and Burlington, Connecticut, and in Worcester, Massachusetts. All 5 of the suspect parcels contained various kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine. On many situations, investigators executed surveillance of the shipping and delivery of suspect parcels and the scheduled delivery of seized parcels. Throughout surveillance, investigators noticed Freytes, Marcos Mendez, Omar Mendez and many others buying up or trying to decide up parcels that had been seized. The investigation discovered that the cocaine was remaining sent from Puerto Rico by Roberto Muniz and some others.
On January 9, 2019, investigators arrested Freytes and other associates of this drug trafficking organization and seized close to 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, items applied to method and bundle narcotics, and additional than $150,000 in funds. Approximately a person kilogram of cocaine was discovered in Freytes’ residence.
On January 23, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging, Freytes, Marcos Mendez, Omar Mendez, Muniz and two many others with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and connected offenses.
On February 27, 2020, Freytes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or additional of cocaine.
Marcos Mendez, 31, of Bristol Omar Mendez, 43, of Bristol and Muniz, 37, of Puerto Rico, also have pleaded guilty. Two defendants are awaiting demo.
Freytes, who experienced been released on bond, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Services at the conclusion of the sentencing continuing.
This scenario is remaining investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Job Drive and the U.S. Postal Inspection Provider. The DEA’s Hartford Endeavor Pressure involves staff from the DEA Hartford Resident Office, the Connecticut Condition Law enforcement, and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Law enforcement Departments. The DEA Puerto Rico Caribbean Corridor Strike Force and U.S. Postal Inspection Assistance, Newark Division, San Juan (P.R.) Business, have assisted the investigation.