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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 25, 2018

Citizen of Mexico Sentenced to 3 Years for Trafficking Heroin and Fentanyl, Illegally Reentering U.S.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JESUS GOMEZ-VALDIVIA, 39, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 36 months of imprisonment for drug trafficking and immigration offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 12, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration received information that GOMEZ was couriering narcotics on a flight that had departed Los Angeles International Airport and would be arriving at Tweed New Haven Airport later that day.  DEA Agents traveled to Tweed New Haven Airport and, after the flight landed, identified two pieces of luggage that GOMEZ had checked.  Agents then met GOMEZ in the baggage claim area after he retrieved his luggage.  GOMEZ was arrested after investigators discovered that nearly two kilograms of heroin and approximately 500 grams of fentanyl had been sewed into one of the suitcases.

The investigation also revealed that GOMEZ was deported from the U.S. to Mexico in November 2001, and subsequently reentered the U.S. illegally.

On December 13, 2017, GOMEZ pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and one count of reentry of a removed alien.

GOMEZ has been detained since his arrest.  He will be deported to Mexico when he is released from prison.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Immigration
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Updated May 25, 2018