CITIZEN OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SENTENCED TO
FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING HEROIN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RODOLFO ROBERTO TAVERAS, also known as “Cafe,” 37, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. TAVERAS pleaded guilty to the offense on August 30, 2011.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 26, 2011, TAVERAS was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents after he drove from Hartford to the Bronx, N.Y., obtained approximately 500 grams of heroin, and drove back to Hartford. A subsequent search of TAVERAS’ Forrest Street residence also revealed approximately 25 grams of heroin, as well as items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.
The investigation revealed that TAVERAS had been using a false identity and possessed a Puerto Rican driver’s license. TAVERAS was deported to the Dominican Republic in February 2008 following a conviction in Connecticut Superior Court for carrying a pistol without a permit. He then illegally reentered the United States.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Hartford Police Department and ICE Homeland Security Investigations.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.
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