The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kevin J. O’Connor, has made an announcement regarding the sentencing of Ricardo Acevedo, 46, and a resident of New London, Connecticut, to 68 months – 5 years and 8 months – in federal prison, where there is no parole system. After his release, he must serve an additional 6 years of supervised release. The sentencing is a result of his peading guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possesion of drugs. He was also drug tested and tried to fool the test using fake urine, but he failed.
The defendant along with 28 others were indicted back in 2015 on various narcotics charges which included distributing controlled substances such as cocaine and marijuana. They operated their illicit business in Willimantic, New London and the surrounding area. All 29 of the defendants were convicted.
According to the evidence presented in the case, the investigators conducted a wiretap operation on one of the other of the 29 defendants, Carlos Roman. During the course of this part of the investigation, they were able to determine the Acevedo made several purchases of heroin, each one of them measuring between 20 and 40 grams. This occurred between April and June 2005. They were also able to determine that he sold the heroin to customers in New London.
Then after his arrest and while he was out on bond, specifically on August 27, 2017, he was once again arrested by the New London Police for selling heroin near the New London methadone clinic that he was assigned to attend. This was one of the conditions that his release on bond was based on. His bond was revoked and he has been in custody ever since.
The arrests were a result of a cooperative investigation between the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) under a special program called “Operation WilliRiders,” which is an initiative of the Hartford office of the FBI and is part of a network of such programs that are operating in Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio and the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crime Gang Task Force, along with the Willimantic Police Department.
The Willimantic Police Department is part of the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed program, which has been set up for the purpose of reducing the incidence of violent crimes, drug abuse and gang activity in specifically designated high-crime neighborhoods in all areas of the country. The officials weed out the criminal elements in the neighborhood and try to make sure they do not return and they seed human service programs into the area to focus on prevention, intervention and treatment as well as revitalizing the area