Large-Scale Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Prison

A man living in Bristol, Connecticut, was sentenced to prison for his role in a conspiracy to traffic kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to the United States through the mail.

During the investigation, feds seized 14 kilograms of cocaine:

Striking an apparent blow to a drug ring operating in central Connecticut, federal authorities working an eight-month investigation seized more than 14 kilograms of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to destinations in Connecticut and other places in the region.

Miguel Freytes, 42, of Bristol was sentenced after pleading guilty to being part of a drug trafficking ring that mailed kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Freytes was arrested as a result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The Department of Justice provides an enlightening account of the investigation: it began after law enforcement “developed evidence regarding a drug trafficking organization that was sending USPS parcels containing kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and Massachusetts.”

Investigators intercepted and seized five suspicious packages sent to addresses in Connecticut and Massachusetts between July and December 2018. After opening the packages, investigators found multiple kilogram-sized blocks of cocaine.

Investigators also conducted surveillance at the addresses owned by the recipients of the packages. In some cases, law enforcement conducted controlled deliveries of seized drug packages. During the surveillance, investigators saw Freytes and his accomplices, Marcos Mendez, Omar Mendez, and others accept the delivery of the packages. Further investigations revealed that Roberto Muniz, of Puerto Rico, had sent the packages of cocaine to the defendant(s) in Bristol.

Law enforcement arrested Freytes and his accomplices on January 9, 2019. The arrests resulted in the seizure of a total of approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, drug packaging material, and more than $150,000 in cash. Police also seized approximately one kilogram of cocaine from Freytes’ residence.

A federal grand jury indicted Freytes and his accomplices on January 23, 2019, on charges of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Freytes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine on February 27, 2020. Two of his accomplices also pleaded guilty while another two are awaiting trial. Two more of his co-defendants are awaiting trial.

US District Judge Victor A. Bolden sentenced Freytes on July 15, 2021, to five years in federal prison. The imprisonment will be followed by four years of supervised release.

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c6520da0 Wed, Jul 28, 2021

5 years-man he struck a pretty good deal.

a1faa450 Wed, Jul 28, 2021

I was thinking the same. 5 years is not bad

573cc1d0 Sun, Aug 1, 2021

haha im sure he or his friends had enough money to afford a good atturney

176c0960 Wed, Jul 28, 2021

anyone figure out this vendors name?

d40a2960 Thu, Jul 29, 2021

The couldn’t pin the whole 14.5 keys on him or he flipped on his supplier in PR.

66646ef0 Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Not sure this is a vendor on the DNMs. Says his charge is trafficking (import or movement of weight) and not distribution (they didnt catch him selling/vending). Plus the article doesn’t mention any market or vendor. Lots of people move weight through the USPS that are not involved on the markets

0bfa7f60 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Ya man, no provided evidence that the DN was used, $150,000 cash is not much considering the size of the operation. Perhaps he spent most of it or the DN was the money laundering aspect of it.

Five years for kilos, how in the world did he pull that off.

Puerto Rico is a great place to wiggle bricks into the US and I agree, bricks get shipped USPS all the time because you need a warrant to open the package and thats not the case with FedEx and UPS.

considering the value of a brick, these shipments should have perfect OPSEC, particularly that it’s not that difficult or expensive to do.

Plastic gloves with cheap cotton gloves over those, hair net or hat if your DNA is in the system, double Mylar bags with the vacuum sealing done twice, big prepaid stamps on a flat rate box, tracking number sticker, copy and paste the address, don’t use too much tape and use a real drop or keep a clean house and once it’s burnt don’t ship there anymore

32c0fdd0 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

And if you wanted to really keep it real, wash the second layer of Mylar with scented dish soap and warm water to remove any residues and eliminate the scent cone dogs pick up. If you’ve got a nice clean looking package, their gonna have to get the dog to hit on it to get the probable cause for the warrant. Judges don’t have time for all that shit

2852a610 Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The drug dog always “alerts” have you ever seen it not? The police just say the canine indicated and yet never disclose what an indication even looks like.

4e50cc90 Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Okay sure, how can I argue with that, it’s completely plausible on the street level and above but you could just send it to a facility with a fume hood and X-Ray machine, no warrant needed for that.

No, there’s no such thing as super dog, yes dogs do depend on a scent cone and yes, in real life dogs miss all the time

It all comes back to the golden rule, how much does said third party know and because of that, how much does said party want you and how smart have you been at combating your big brothers playboy subscription?

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