New Haven man receives jail time for role in heroin trafficking ring

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man will spend time behind bars for his involvement in a heroin trafficking ring.

39-year-old Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced on Tuesday to 77 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents began an investigation into a New Haven-based heroin trafficking organization led by brothers Bienvenido and Antonio Gonzalez.Related Content: New Haven woman sent to prison for role in heroin trafficking ring

Officials say the investigation involved using court-authorized wiretaps, making controlled purchases of narcotics, and conducting physical and video surveillance. Authorities say the investigation revealed that the Gonzalez brothers regularly purchased heroin from suppliers in the Bronx, N.Y. and then sold the heroin through a network of redistributors.

According to police, the investigation resulted in federal charges against 24 individuals.

Officers say during the investigation, Ruben Gonzalez, who was incarcerated in state custody, instructed his girlfriend, Marimar Roman, to purchase heroin from Bienvenido Gonzalez and then redistribute the drugs to customers.Related Content: Bridgeport Grand Jury indicts 23 on charges related to heroin distribution

On Nov. 6, 2017, Ruben Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

He has been ordered to begin serving his 77-month sentence following the completion of his current state sentence in approximately six months.

Antonio Gonzalez, Bienvenido Gonzalez and Marimar Roman previously pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

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