NORWALK, Conn. – A Mexican citizen who was trafficking drugs out of a Norwalk home was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly announced.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Norwalk Police and other local law enforcement groups raided homes on Woodbury Avenue and Taylor Avenue in March 2012 after receiving word that a large shipment of cocaine had come to those addresses, according to police reports at the time.
In the Woodbury Avenue home they found more than 262 grams of cocaine, heroin, packaging materials and a handgun, Daly said. The Taylor Avenue search turned up five kilograms of heroin, 10 pounds of methamphetamine, $279,000 in cash and another weapon, according to a news release.
Hector Valle, 43, a Mexican citizen, and Jose Mendez-Luna, 31, a Venezuelan citizen, were both arrested at the time of the raid. Mendez-Luna pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison earlier this year.
Valle also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine in March. United States District Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced Valle to 65 months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release Wednesday in New Haven, according to the press release.