New London man gets 5 years in prison for dealing heroin

A federal judge in New Haven on Monday sentenced a 54-year-old New London man to five years in prison for dealing heroin from his Colman Street home.

Miguel Morales, also known as “Neow,” was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven. His prison sentence is to be followed by four years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities charged Morales and more than 100 others last year at the outcome of a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking investigation. In 2012, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service and the New London Police Department started to track the flow of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut.

The investigation revealed that Luis Ariel Capellan Maldonado, also known as “Ariel,” and his associates were receiving heroin from sources in the Dominican Republic and distributing it throughout New London County.

Wiretaps revealed that Morales was one of Maldonado’s most frequent customers of heroin and sometimes cocaine, authorities said. Morales has been detained since his arrest on April 3, 2013.

On Jan. 6, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Morales also forfeited a 2004 Pontiac GTO, a 1995 Nissan truck and a 2004 Acura TSX.

He is one of more than 100 people charged with federal and state offenses as a result of the investigation.

Maldonado awaits sentencing.

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