States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 16, 2010||
HARTFORD COCAINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLOS MALDONADO, also known as “Gango,” 35, of Newington, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute kilogram quantities of cocaine to a Hartford-area narcotics trafficking ring. MALDONADO pleaded guilty to the offense on September 15, 2009.
This matter stems from “Operation Solid Gold,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force. The year-long investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine and heroin, and physical surveillance. As a result of the investigation, 55 individuals were charged with various offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and heroin in and around Hartford.
According to court documents and statements made in court, MALDONADO supplied cocaine to co-defendant Wilberto Huertas, and the two were intercepted on a wiretap of Huertas’ cell phone discussing kilogram prices of cocaine. On April 28, 2009, law enforcement agents seized two kilograms of cocaine from another co-defendant’s vehicle as the co-defendant was en route to meet MALDONADO.
Huertas pleaded guilty on December 9, 2009. He awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, the Statewide Cooperative Crime Control Task Force of the Connecticut State Police and the Hartford Police Department, with assistance from the Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force of the Connecticut State Police, Connecticut State Police, Troop H, and the Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brian P. Leaming and Geoffrey M. Stone.
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