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NL man gets 150 months in prison for drug trafficking

New London resident Luis Ojeda, called a large-scale cocaine trafficker by federal officials, was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison Wednesday.

A jury had found Ojeda guilty in October of one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one count of possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. He has been held in federal custody since his conviction.

Ojeda was a target of a federal, state and local investigation, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, into cocaine trafficking in eastern Connecticut. Investigators used surveillance, controlled purchases of cocaine, GPS tracking devices, and court-authorized wiretaps to build their case. They seized nine kilograms of cocaine and more than $35,000 in cash.

The investigation reveled that Ojeda purchased more than 20 kilograms of cocaine, over a period of several years, from co-defendant Anthony Morse of Gales Ferry, which he sold to customers. Near the end of the conspiracy, when Morse was having trouble procuring cocaine from his sources, Morse began to obtain cocaine through OJEDA, who had alternate sources of supply.

Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson sentenced Ojeda on Wednesday and ordered him to forfeit to the Government $19,309 in cash that was seized from him. The judge also sentenced Ojeda to five years of supervised release following his incarceration.

Following Ojeda's conviction, Morse pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine. He was sentenced on Jan. 10 to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, the Norwich Police Department, the New London Police Department, the City of Groton Police Department, the Town of Groton Police Department and the Willimantic Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and John H. Durham, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Paul Narducci of the New London States Attorney's Office.

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