June 13, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
New Haven Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Federal Prison For Distributing Heroin
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jose DeJesus, also known as “Flaco,” 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.
DeJesus is one of more than 100 individuals charged as a result of “Operation Bloodline,” a joint law enforcement investigation targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in the Dwight-Kensington and Fair Haven sections of New Haven. Led by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments, the year-long investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on numerous telephones, extensive physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, execution of search warrants and seizures of narcotics and firearms. The investigation revealed that DeJesus conspired with others to purchase and redistribute heroin.
DeJesus has been in federal custody since May 21, 2012. On March 13, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin.
DeJesus’s criminal history includes two prior felony convictions for selling heroin.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services and the Milford, Hartford, New Britain, North Branford and Stratford Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.