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New Haven Heroin Dealer Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EFRAIN ROLON-DONES, 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a heroin trafficking ring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad targeted a New Haven-based heroin trafficking organization.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical and video surveillance, revealed that members of the organization regularly purchased bulk quantities of heroin from suppliers located in the Bronx, New York, and sold the heroin through a network of redistributors, including ROLON-DONES, on the streets of New Haven.

In October 2016, investigators made two controlled purchases of heroin, totaling approximately 20 grams, from ROLON-DONES

The investigation has resulted in federal charges against 24 individuals.

ROLON-DONES has been detained since his arrest on March 16, 2017.  On August 14 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

The DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, Hamden, Milford, Monroe, New Haven, Shelton, Wallingford and Wilton Police Departments.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha M. Freismuth and Patrick F. Caruso.

Updated December 11, 2017

Drug Trafficking