HARTFORD MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL
POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned a superseding indictment yesterday charging JOSE SOSTRE, also known as “Goldo” and “Chuletta,” of New Britain Avenue, Hartford, with heroin distribution and illegal gun possession charges.
The indictment alleges that, between January 2011 and January 2012, SOSTRE conspired with TERESA TORRES, also known as “Teresa Morales,” “Theresa Cardona,” and “Bebe,” 42, and her son JONATHAN TORRES, also known as “Pete” and “Joker,” to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. The superseding indictment further alleges that, on February 9, 2012, SOSTRE possessed and distributed heroin. TERESA and JONATHAN TORRES were previously indicted by the same grand jury on January 25, 2012 for heroin distribution charges.
The Indictment further alleges that, on February 9, 2012, SOSTRE possessed a .38 caliber revolver in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
The indictment alleges that, prior to February 9, 2012, SOSTRE had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Connecticut, including Conspiracy to Possess Narcotics With the Intent to Sell and Sale of a Controlled Substance (twice).
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
If convicted, SOSTRE faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of 40 years on the conspiracy charge, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on the possession with the intent to distribute charge. He also faces a mandatory minimum five-year consecutive sentence for the charge alleging possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
SOSTRE has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on February 9, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hartford Police Department, and the Newington Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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