NORWALK, Conn. – A 31-year-old Norwalk man was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for illegal drug trafficking, Acting U.S. Attorney Deidre Daly announced.
Jose Mendez-Luna, a Venezuelan citizen who was living on Woodbury Avenue, pleaded guilty in the spring to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. He has been in custody for more than a year. After serving his 30-month sentence, Mendez-Luna will be on supervised release for three years.
According to Daly, Mendez-Luna and an associate, Hector Valle, were arrested at a Woodbury Avenue home on March 28, 2012, after New York Police Department officers tipped off federal Drug Enforcement Administration officers and Norwalk police that individuals at that home and a home on Taylor Avenue in Norwalk had received a large shipment of cocaine for distribution.
DEA and Norwalk police officers raided both homes and seized multiple items.
From Mendez-Luna’s bedroom, authorities found “a 9-millimeter firearm, a magazine with four rounds of ammunition, approximately 262 grams of cocaine, two digital scales, narcotics packaging materials and nine cellphones.”
In Valle’s bedroom, authorities seized undisclosed “quantities of cocaine and heroin, drug ledgers and approximately $8,000 in cash.” In the kitchen of the Woodbury Avenue home, authorities also found one ounce of heroin.
At the Taylor Avenue home, authorities seized “approximately 5 kilograms of heroin, 10 pounds of Methamphetamine, $279,000 in cash, one handgun, ammunition and narcotics packaging materials.”
Valle also pleaded guilty to the same charge and will be sentenced at a later date. The entire case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Karwan.
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