BRISTOL – A Maple Street man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison after federal officials said he smuggled cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut.
Jorge Freytes, 37, of 158 Maple St., was convicted in federal court in Bridgeport last week, US Attorney’s Office officials said late Monday.
He was sentenced at trial to 70 months in prison followed by four years of supervised imprisonment. The long sentence came in November 2021, when Freytes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Freytes was among several people arrested by federal officials in 2019 in connection with a major drug trafficking operation that intercepted about 30 pounds of cocaine after being shipped from Puerto Rico to central Connecticut.
During that eight-month investigation, a DEA task force identified 60 mail items suspected of containing cocaine that were shipped from Puerto Rico to central Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts. Most packages sent between April and December 2018 had the same characteristics, such as listing false return addresses and being addressed to names like “Roy Morales” and “Ricardo Morales,” according to the 59-page federal complaint.
Using federal search warrants, DEA members intercepted five packages totaling 14 kilograms of cocaine – worth about 30 pounds. Investigators monitored the delivery of these packages.
Freytes, the 2019 complaint said, was seen on countersurveillance awaiting the delivery of four packages on separate occasions. He was also seen trying to retrieve a package that contained cocaine, federal newspapers said.
Freytes was arrested again at the state level following a drug raid at his Maple Street home on Oct. 27, 2021, according to local police.
Bristol Police said members of the Narcotics Enforcement Team were assisted by the DEA during the search, which took place around 7:15am
After the search – which found 28.5 grams of cocaine, 97.7 grams of crack cocaine and 70 bags of fentanyl – Freytes was arrested on two counts of selling narcotics.
According to court records, Freytes is serving two separate suspended sentences for as many convictions on hallucinogen/drug sales charges. The convictions stem from crimes committed in 2015.
The charges of selling narcotics – stemming from the October 2021 raid – and the probation violation cases are still pending in New Britain Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or [email protected]