PLAINVILLE— Michael Kelley, 36, formerly of Plainville, was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine.
Kelley was arrested on May 14, 2015 when Hartford police confronted him during a drug transaction in a parking lot on New Britain Avenue. Kelley had 320 grams of crack, four cell phones and $2,573 in cash on his person at the time. The man he was making the drug transaction with, Eduardo Zayas, was also arrested. Both men were arrested on state charges at that time.
Kelley was arrested on federal charges in June 2015 and pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine), according to the Department of Justice.
A subsequent search of the Plainville apartment where Kelley resided revealed approximately 1.1 kilograms of crack, two kilograms of powder cocaine, two kilograms or marijuana and $49,026 in cash. A search of a Hartford apartment connected to Kelley revealed approximately 50 grams of crack, according to the Department of Justice.
In September of 2014, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and Hartford Police Department started an investigation into “narcotics distribution, firearms trafficking and acts of violence carried out by members and associates of Los Solidos in Hartford’s south end,” according to the Department of Justice. The investigation resulted in federal charges against about 30 individuals, including Kelley and Zayas.
The investigation concluded that Kelley supplied Zayas with large quantities of crack cocaine and Zayas supplied the crack to members and associates of Los Solidos, according to the Department of Justice. Zayas also pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and was sentenced to 65 months in prison, according to the Department of Justice.