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NEW LONDON — A man will serve four years in federal prison for his involvement in street-level cocaine trafficking while he was on supervised release for a previous cocaine trafficking conviction, according to authorities.
A judge sentenced 37-year-old Juan Hernandez, of New London, to 48 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham said.
The charges against Hernandez stemmed from an investigation into drugs and illegal guns in southeastern Connecticut. During the investigation, law enforcement seized heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and guns, authorities said.
Investigators learned that Hernandez was supplied cocaine from a leader of a drug trafficking ring, and then distributed the drug to his own customers and other street-level dealers, according to authorities.
On Jan. 17, 2019, New London police arrested Hernandez after they pulled him over and found him with about 100 grams of cocaine, authorities said.
When he was arrested, and during his criminal activity linked to this case, officials said, Hernandez was on federal supervised release. On Feb. 26, 2016, a judge sentenced Hernandez to 48 months in prison and four years of supervised release for his participation in another southeastern Connecticut cocaine trafficking conspiracy, authorities said.
A grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment on March 5, 2019, that charged Hernandez and 23 other individuals with various offenses.
Hernandez pleaded guilty Dec. 9, 2019, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
He was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the cocaine distribution offense and another 18 months in prison for violating the conditions of his supervised release.
He has been detained since his Jan. 17, 2019, arrest.
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