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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hartford Gang Member Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Drugs, Firearms

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FELIX JIMENEZ, also known as “P.R.,” 32, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in September 2014, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and Hartford Police Department initiated an investigation into narcotics distribution, firearms trafficking and acts of violence carried out by members and associates Los Solidos in Hartford’s South End. The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of heroin, crack cocaine and firearms, resulted in federal charges against approximately 30 individuals.

The investigation revealed that JIMENEZ, a member of Los Solidos, was distributing heroin and crack cocaine to street-level dealers, and selling the drugs to his own customers. A wiretap also revealed that JIMENEZ possessed and sold firearms.

In May and June 2015, investigators conducted controlled purchases of two handguns and two rifles, and numerous rounds of ammunition, from JIMENEZ.

JIMENEZ has been detained since his arrest on June 15, 2015. On October 24, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

JIMENEZ’s criminal history includes nine felony convictions, including convictions for possession and sale of narcotics, violation of a protective order, risk of injury to a minor, and larceny.

The FBI Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction. The Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics unit, Major Crimes unit, Shooting Task Force and South Conditions Unit have provided valuable assistance to the investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service and Capitol Region Emergency Response Team (CREST) assisted with the arrests.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

This prosecution stems from Project Longevity, a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s major cities. Through Project Longevity, community members and law enforcement directly engage with members of groups that are prone to commit violence. A critical component of the Project Longevity strategy is the “call-in,” a face-to-face meeting where Project Longevity partners engage group members and deliver a community message against violence, a law enforcement message about the consequences of further violence and an offer of help for those who want it.

Members of Los Solidos attended call-ins that were held in April 2014 and August 2014.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated April 20, 2017