Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking Charge
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAIME LOPEZ, 37, a citizen of Mexico last residing in Norwalk, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to a cocaine trafficking offense.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between March and June 2018, Lopez conspired with his brother, Rafael Lopez-Macias, and others, to traffic large quantities of cocaine. Lopez was intercepted on a court-authorized wiretap discussing the distribution of cocaine and, in May 2018, he was involved in the purchase of a kilogram of cocaine for approximately $28,000 from a source of supply in New Rochelle, New York.
Lopez has been detained since his arrest on October 11, 2018.
Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. A sentencing date is not scheduled.
On March 27, 2019, Lopez-Macias, also a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of reentry of removed alien. He is detained while awaiting sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Connecticut State Police, and the New Rochelle, Norwalk and Stamford Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Lauren C. Clark.