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South Carolina Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Traffcking Heroin and Cocaine into Connecticut

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CARLITOS MOLINA, also known as “Carlos,” 48, of Lexington, South Carolina, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release for trafficking heroin and cocaine into Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration learned that Molina was transporting kilogram-quantities of heroin and cocaine to Connecticut from his home in South Carolina.  He and his nephew, Efrain Molina, then sold the drugs in and around Bridgeport.  In January 2019, members of the DEA and Bridgeport Police Department arranged a controlled purchase of approximately one kilogram of cocaine and 400 grams of heroin from the Molinas in exchange for $53,000.  On January 17, 2019, Carlitos and Efrain Molina were arrested after they arrived at location in Bridgeport in possession of narcotics.

Carlitos Molina has been detained since his arrest.  On May 17, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Carlitos Molina has an extensive criminal history and, at time of this offense, was on parole in the State of Georgia for trafficking methamphetamine.  He faces the remaining 10 years of a 20-year state sentence when he is released from federal custody.

Efrain Molina, also known as “Frankie,” pleaded guilty on October 8, 2019, and is awaiting sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria del Pilar Gonzalez

Updated October 17, 2019

Drug Trafficking