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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 5 Years for Supplying Heroin to Southeastern CT Drug Ring

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDWIN DeJESUS, 48, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 64 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2018, the FBI, Norwich Police Department and other law enforcement agencies began investigating a drug trafficking organization that was distributing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in southeastern Connecticut.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that DeJesus supplied heroin to a codefendant who distributed the drug to his own customer in southeastern Connecticut.

DeJesus has been detained since his arrest on February 20, 2019.  On March 5, a grand jury returned an indictment charging DeJesus and 12 other individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses.  On May 31, DeJesus pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

DeJesus’ criminal history spans 30 years and includes a federal conviction for conspiracy to assault a federal officer.  In March 1995, he was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment for that offense.

This investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Connecticut State Police and Norwich, Town of Groton and Waterford Police Departments, with the assistance of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office, Baltimore Police Department and Delaware State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha M. Freismuth and S. Dave Vatti.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated September 11, 2019