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New London man sentenced for heroin distribution

Published March 14. 2014 6:00PM   Updated March 15. 2014 12:47AM

A New London man arrested last year as part of a far-reaching narcotics investigation was sentenced Friday to time served, or about 80 days in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Enrique Luciano, 38, of New London, who is also known as "Ipi," pleaded guilty in December to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

He was among the more than 100 people arrested in April 2013 in a massive drug enforcement operation that authorities said dismantled heroin and cocaine trafficking operations that stretched from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to Connecticut. Luciano was an associate of Luis Ariel Capellan Maldonado, also known as "Ariel," who regularly obtained kilograms of heroin from the Dominican Republic and worked with several individuals to distribute the drug out of his apartment on Hawthorne Drive.

Luciano supplied wholesale quantities of heroin and cocaine to Miguel Morales, also known as "Neow," of New London and to others who distributed heroin and cocaine to sellers in and around New London, police said.

Luciano's sentence was below federal guidelines for the charges due in part because he has a 10-year-old daughter who is ill and requires multiple back-to-back surgeries.

Maldonado and Morales have both pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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