Cocaine dealer from Groton sentenced to federal prison

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Groton man was sentenced today for conspiring to import and distribute cocaine in southeastern Connecticut. Juan Cheverez, a 33-year-old, also known as “Guinchi” will serve 77 months of jail time, followed by four years of supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in early 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the U.S. Secret Service and the New London Police Department initiated an investigation to combat the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut. The investigation revealed that certain members of the conspiracy coordinated the shipment of heroin, and sometimes cocaine, via human couriers from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Other members of the conspiracy obtained kilogram-quantities of cocaine in Puerto Rico and then mailed the drug to locations in and around New London where it was sold to distributors and customers. Narcotics were also obtained from sources in New York City and Rhode Island.

More than 100 individuals were charged with federal and state offenses as a result of this investigation. The investigation revealed that Cheverez received kilogram-quantities of cocaine in the mail from Axel Matta Figueroa, also known as “Joelito,” in Puerto Rico, and distributed the drug in southeastern Connecticut.

Cheverez has been detained since his arrest on April 3, 2013. On March 19, 2014, he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Axel Matta Figueroa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and, on November 20, 2014, he was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment.

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