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Hartford Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking Offense

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAVIER ACEVEDO, 42, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 42 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for a cocaine trafficking offense.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force has been investigating the shipment of parcels containing controlled substances from Puerto Rico to Connecticut.  In May 2021, investigators identified a suspicious package that was destined for an address on Giddings Street in Hartford.  On May 15, 2021, investigators made a controlled delivery of the package.  Approximately one hour after it was delivered, Acevedo picked up the package and then drove it to his residence on South Street, where he was encountered by law enforcement.  A subsequent court-authorized search of the package revealed approximately two kilograms of cocaine.

The investigation revealed that Acevedo regularly received packages of cocaine that were shipped from Puerto Rico to his home address or other addresses associated with him, and held the packages until they were picked up by another individual.  Acevedo received at least $500 for each package he received.

Acevedo was arrested on July 7, 2021.  On April 27, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Acevedo, who is released on a $200,000 bond, is required to report to prison on January 17.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force includes members from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Connecticut Army National Guard, and the Hartford, New Britain, Meriden and Town of Groton Police Departments.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Ruff.

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