Two Men Charged in Eastern Connecticut Drug Trafficking Operation
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on December 18, 2018, a federal grand jury in Hartford returned a five-count superseding indictment charging CARLOS DELGADO, also known as “Los,” 49, of Mansfield, and LUIS ALAMO, 42, of Willimantic, with narcotics trafficking and firearm offenses.
As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, earlier this year the DEA Hartford Task Force, Willimantic Police Department and Connecticut State Police began investigating an eastern Connecticut drug trafficking organization headed by Delgado. The investigation revealed that Delgado was having kilogram quantities of cocaine shipped through the U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico to various locations in Eastern Connecticut. He distributed the drugs with the assistance of Alamo and others, and mailed cash proceeds from narcotics sales back to individuals in Puerto Rico.
During the investigation, investigators seized quantities of cocaine and heroin, five firearms, including an AK-15 rifle, and more than $140,000 in cash.
Delgado has been detained since his arrest on a federal criminal complaint on July 9, 2018.
Alamo was arrested yesterday and is released on a $50,000 bond.
The indictment charges Delgado and Alamo with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine. If convicted of this charge, based on the quantity of cocaine involved in the conspiracy, Delgado faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of life in prison, and Alamo faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
The indictment also charges Delgado with one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, which carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life; one count of possession of firearm by a previously convicted felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries a mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years, and one count of money laundering, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
This matter is being investigated by the DEA Hartford Task Force, Connecticut State Police, Willimantic Police Department, the Willimantic Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The DEA Task Force includes participants from the Bristol, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Willimantic and Windsor Locks Police Departments, and the Food and Drug Administration.
U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha Freismuth.
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