MERIDEN — A city man has pleaded guilty to a federal cocaine trafficking charge after he threw a package of cocaine out of his car while leading state police on a pursuit last year.
Joel Cruz, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday in Hartford Federal Court to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 28.
On Sept. 2, 2017, Cruz led state police on a high-speed chase from Interstate 95 in Milford to Interstate-91 in New Haven, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. During the pursuit, Cruz threw a package containing about two pounds of cocaine out of his car.
Cruz was found with almost $35,000 cash when he was apprehended near exit 5 on I-91, the statement said.