A Meriden man twice expelled to his native Mexico was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to four years in prison for trafficking heroin in Berlin and Meriden as part of a drug-trafficking ring linked to New York City.
Jesus Gomez, 58, of Meriden, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in U.S. District Court in New Haven, officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.
Investigators said that they arrested Gomez after linking him and another individual to the distribution of multi-kilogram amounts of heroin in the Meriden area. The investigators said they bought two kilograms of heroin from Gomez, Heriberto Borrero of Meriden and Abisael Perez of the Bronx in November 2019 at a construction site in Berlin, officials said.
Berlin police stopped the car the three were using and found the two kilograms of heroin, officials said.
That controlled drug buy followed another purchase in which informants purchased 50 grams of heroin from Gomez and Perez also that month, officials said.
Jailed since his arrest on Nov. 17, 2019, Gomez pleaded guilty on Jan. 22 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Perez and Borrero also pleaded guilty, officials said.
Perez was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment in March and Borrero was sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service in April, officials said.
Gomez was encountered by immigration authorities in Connecticut in 2012, and in March 2014 was returned to Mexico. Three months later, he illegally reentered the country and was removed to Mexico again. He again illegally returned to the U.S. and was living in the country under an assumed identity at the time of his arrest, officials said.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, which includes members of the DEA Bridgeport Resident Office, Connecticut State Police and Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Milford and Danbury police, officials said.