Player in Waterbury cocaine ring to be sentenced
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A player in a Waterbury-based drug dealing operation that brought in large amounts of cocaine from Puerto Rico is facing sentencing.
David Vangas, of Waterbury, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Bridgeport. He spent 11 months in jail awaiting trial and is seeking a sentence of time served.
Prosecutors describe Vangas as a courier in the dealing operation, which authorities say received numerous kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico and sent suppliers $25,000 per kilogram — all through the mail. He pleaded guilty to a drug charge last year.
Two leaders of the ring, Ernesto Delgado and Jose Rivera, were sentenced to 10 years and five years in prison, respectively.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about five to six years for Vangas.