NEW YORK. A judge of the federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, sentenced Monday to Dominican Eddy Peña to 15 years (179 months) in jail, for trafficking in heroin mixed with fentanyl whose overdoses died numerous drug addicts in that state.
Peña, 30 years old, was part of a narco band of 21 accomplices and was named as the leader, dismantled by the Connecticut authorities in 2017, date from which he is imprisoned.
Judge Michael Shea, added another 5 years on probation.
Federal prosecutor John Durham said in a statement that Peña was the provider and leader of the group that officials began investigating after two overdose deaths involving a mixture of heroin and fentanyl in January 2016.
Another 20 members of the network were charged with multiple charges of heroin trafficking at the end of 2017.
“The investigation, which included court-authorized telephone recordings and controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that Peña regularly supplied large quantities of heroin to Michael Luciano, of New London (Connecticut),” said prosecutor Durham.
Luciano, who also received heroin from other providers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, sold those drugs through a series of street resellers throughout the region. Peña also supplied heroin to distributors in Providence and Fall River, Massachusetts since 2012.
Investigators concluded that Peña trafficked between 10 and 30 kilos of heroin, Durham said.
Peña was arrested in November 2017 and with 12 search warrants the federals confiscated three kilos of heroin that day from members of the drug gang and $ 14,000 in cash from Peña, prosecutors said.
A Hartford Grand Jury charged 25 charges a month later, accusing Peña, Luciano and the other 19 of new traffic offenses.
A jury found Pena guilty in February of a conspiracy charge to distribute and possession with the intention of distributing one or more kilos of heroin, the prosecutor’s statement said.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute it.
Luciano pleaded guilty in June 2018 to a conspiracy charge with intent to distribute one or more kilograms of heroin and was sentenced to 12 years in prison in January.