Man sentenced for role in cocaine ring

Man sentenced for role in cocaine ring



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring that was run out of prison by another man.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Orlando Quiros, of New Britain and Suffield, was also sentenced Thursday to five years of probation.

Authorities say he received multi-kilogram parcels of cocaine from Puerto Rico through the mail and distributed the drug to others dealers.

The ring was operated by Meriden man Westley Northrup while he was behind bars at the Cheshire Correctional Institution.

Quiros and the others were arrested in July 2017 when investigators executed multiple search warrants and seized about seven kilograms of cocaine, several pounds of marijuana, four guns, and $90,000 in cash.

Quiros pleaded guilty in July to drug and firearms charges.


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