New Haven man sent to prison for trafficking cocaine

NEW HAVEN — A 39-year-old city man was sentenced in federal court Monday to a year and a day in prison for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring, officials said.

Roberto Gonzalez must also serve three years of supervised release, according to a release from John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for Connecticut. Gonzalez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad targeted a New Haven-based heroin trafficking organization led by Roberto Gonzalez’s brothers, Bienvenido and Antonio Gonzalez.

The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical and video surveillance, revealed that Bienvenido and Antonio Gonzalez regularly purchased bulk quantities of heroin from suppliers in the Bronx, New York, and sold the heroin through a network of redistributors in New Haven and elsewhere, according to the release. The investigation also revealed that Bienvenido Gonzalez acquired and distributed bulk quantities of cocaine, officials said.

On March 10, 2017, Roberto Gonzalez was intercepted on a wiretap ordering 250 grams of cocaine from Bienvenido Gonzalez, according to the release. Roberto Gonzalez was arrested March 16, 2017. On Jan. 18, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, cocaine.

Bienvenido Gonzalez and Antonio Gonzalez pleaded guilty to related charges. On March 28, Bienvenido Gonzalez was sentenced to 12 years in prison . Antonio Gonzalez awaits 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 assistance to the investigation.

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