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Heroin Trafficker Active in Norwalk Sentenced After DEA-led Investigation

JULY 27 (HARTFORD, Conn.) –Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA’s New England Division, Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Wilmer Antonio Gomez-Rodriguez, 30, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in New York City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin. Judge Bryant also ordered Gomez-Rodriguez to pay a $15,000 fine.

On September 10, 2015, a jury found Gomez-Rodriguez guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin.

According to trial testimony and the evidence disclosed during the trial, this matter stems from an investigation by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Norwalk Police Department into suspected cocaine and heroin distribution by Omar Andrade.   In September 2014, Andrade agreed to provide one kilogram of heroin to a DEA Task Force officer acting in an undercover capacity. Andrade, Gomez-Rodriguez and Joel A. Estrella-Disla, were arrested on September 30, 2014, after they delivered approximately one kilogram of heroin to a pre-arranged location in Norwalk.

Gomez-Rodriguez has been detained since September 10, 2015.  He faces immigration proceedings when he is released from prison.  Andrade and Estrella-Disla each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin. On January 6, 2016, Andrade, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment. On March 2, 2016, Estrella-Disla, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment.


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