New London man to serve 68 months for heroin distribution

A 30-year-old New London man arrested during a major drug sweep involving multiple law enforcement agencies was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 68 months in federal prison for distribution of heroin.

Cruz “Jay” Bonilla had pleaded guilty in October 2013 to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Bonilla was intercepted multiple times over court-authorized wiretaps ordering heroin that he sold to his own customers. In October 2012, while incarcerated for state parole violations, he arranged to have his then-girlfriend buy and distribute heroin on his behalf, according to the government.

Bonilla was one of more than 100 people arrested in May 2013 following an investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement into the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut.

Bonilla has been incarcerated since October 2012, but his time served will not be credited toward his federal prison sentence, according to the government. Upon completing his prison term, he will be on supervised release for four years.

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