A 30-year-old Norwich man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine and heroin on Dec. 5. His sentencing happened at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Hartford.
The defendant first came on law enforcement’s radar back in 2018 when a joint task force of the Norwich Police Department, Connecticut State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Waterford and Groton police forces was formed.
These five law enforcement agencies began investigating a drug ring being run in southeastern Connecticut. They all participated in controlled purchases off of certain targets. They later began wiretapping certain individuals as well. They were able to determine that the defendant purchased cocaine from a drug trafficker, then sold it to his customers.
This information was presented to a grand jury. The defendant was indicted on drug trafficking charges on March 5 of this year along with 12 other co-conspirators. He was taken into police custody in April and pleaded guilty to having used a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking soon thereafter.
The defendant is slated to spend once a year under supervised release once he is released from federal prison.
From high fines to lengthy prison terms, drug crime convictions carry with them serious consequences here in Connecticut. The penalties associated with a conviction on your record don’t just stop there though. You may find it hard to qualify for public assistance, student loans or to become gainfully employed with such a conviction on your record too.
This is why you must have an attorney representing you who’s willing to be on your side from the investigation on up through the trial. You’ll appreciate having a Norwich lawyer there for you every step of the way when you need them most.