Meriden man sentenced for cocaine trafficking

MERIDEN — A city man was sentenced to roughly eight years in prison Tuesday on charges related to cocaine trafficking.

Kervin Diaz, 39, was convicted on charges of cocaine trafficking and handed down a 95-month prison sentence and four years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden, according the Department of Justice. 

A Drug Enforcement Agency investigation concluded Diaz imported cocaine from Puerto Rico and New York before distributing the substance to various dealers and selling it from two local businesses — Nino’s Mini Market and Middletown Cafe in New Haven, according to the Department of Justice.

Diaz was arrested in August of 2020 following a search of his home in which police said they uncovered a hydraulic press, an electronic money counter, ten digital scales — some of which contained cocaine residue — a loaded high capacity 9mm magazine and $5,130 in cash.

Diaz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in February of 2022.


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