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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bridgeport Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JONATHAN ZAYAS, 25, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2015, the FBI’s Bridgeport State Streets Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation into several heroin distributors operating in Bridgeport.  The investigation, included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of heroin and physical surveillance, revealed that Kareem Roseboro, also known as “Swiss,” was supplying heroin to other distributors.  Roseboro and others used the Stylz Barbershop, located on State Street in Bridgeport, as a hub for their narcotics distribution activity.

The investigation further revealed that Roseboro supplied Harry Blake, also known as “Harry-O” and “O,” with large quantities of heroin.  Zayas regularly purchased heroin from Blake, and sold the heroin to his own customers in the Bridgeport and Stratford area.

During the course of the investigation, investigators seized multiple “bricks” of heroin, items used in the processing and packaging of heroin, and five firearms.  A brick of heroin contains 100 individual dose bags.

On June 6, 2016, a grand jury in Bridgeport returned an eight-count indictment charging Zayas, Roseboro, Blake and four other Bridgeport residents with heroin trafficking offenses.  The seven defendants were arrested on June 7, 2016.

Zayas has been detained since his arrest.  On December 29, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin.

Roseboro and Blake have been convicted of related offenses and await sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, Stratford Police Department, Stamford Police Department and the Trumbull Police Department K-9 Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and H. Gordon Hall.

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 29, 2018