February 02, 2016
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Brothers Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Trafficking Heroin
HARTFORD, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jimmy Estevez, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and his brother, Miguel Estevez, also known as “Domi,” 27, of the Bronx, N.Y., were each sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2013, the DEA New Haven Task Force began investigating a heroin trafficking organization headed by members of the Estevez family who lived in New York and the Dominican Republic. The Estevez organization, including Jimmy and Miguel Estevez, and their cousin, Carlos Gabriel Estevez, supplied wholesale quantities of heroin to customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
In November 2013, investigators arranged a controlled purchase of approximately 50 grams of heroin from Jimmy and Miguel Estevez. On November 25, 2013, the brothers travelled from New York to a location in Trumbull, Connecticut, to complete the transaction. Thereafter, investigators intercepted numerous calls and text messages that established that Jimmy and Miguel Estevez were obtaining large quantities of heroin from multiple sources of supply, and used multiple vehicles to transport the drug to purchasers in Connecticut. Jimmy and Miguel Estevez have been detained since September 3, 2014. On September 17, 2014, a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging them, Carlos Gabriel Estevez and five others with heroin trafficking and money laundering offenses. Jimmy and Miguel subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
On December 8, 2015, a jury found Carlos Gabriel Estevez guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, one kilogram or more of heroin. He awaits sentencing. Robinson Crucetts, also known as “Robi,” 50, of Hartford, purchased large quantities of heroin from Jimmy, Miguel and Carlos Gabriel Estevez. He pleaded guilty and, on January 19, 2016, was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment. Four other co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the DEA New Haven Task Force, with assistance of the DEA Hartford Task Force and the DEA in New York. The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden and Derby Police Departments, and the U.S. Marshals Service.