Head of large drug operation draws 5 years

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who entered the country illegally from the Dominican Republic and headed a large-scale heroin distribution operation in southeastern Connecticut has apologized before he was sentenced to five years in prison.

The Day of New London reports that Luis “Ariel” Capellan Maldonado said Monday that many people are suffering and are harmed by the use of drugs. He apologized to the U.S. government and New London.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Maldonado obtained kilogram quantities of heroin from the Dominican Republic.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton said she was imposing a sentence that took into account the defendant’s lack of a criminal record, prompt acknowledgment of responsibility and other factors.

But she said had to take account for the devastation that heroin distribution brings to people’s lives, particularly a small community such as New London.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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