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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Haven Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Heroin

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE MEDINA, also known as “Tito,” 48, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 18 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 led by Bienvenido and Antonio Gonzalez.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical and video surveillance, revealed that the Gonzalez brothers regularly purchased bulk quantities of heroin from suppliers located in the Bronx, New York, and sold the heroin through a network of redistributors, including MEDINA, in New Haven and elsewhere.

The investigation resulted in federal charges against 24 individuals.

On October 18, 2017, MEDINA pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin.

Judge Meyer ordered MEDINA, who is released on bond, to report to prison on March 23, 2018.

Bienvenido Gonzalez and Antonio Gonzalez have pleaded guilty to related charges and await sentencing.

The DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, Hamden, Milford, Monroe, New Haven, Shelton, Wallingford and Wilton Police Departments.  The New Haven, East Haven and West Haven Police Departments, together with the U.S. Coast Guard, provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated February 21, 2018