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Hartford man gets 2 years in heroin distribution case

August 11, 2018

HARTFORD — A Hartford man will serve 24 months in prison for distributing heroin, the Department of Justice said Friday.

Followed by his two years in prison, 35-year-old Richard Rivera, of Hartford, will be under supervised released for four years.

Court documents showed that a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation revealed that people were distributing heroin from the Katty Grocery store at 584 Franklin Ave. in Hartford.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials said Rivera had heroin delivered to him at the grocery store by Franklyn Caraballo-Almonte.

In Dec. 2016 and Jan. 2017, an undercover agent bought heroin from Rivera through several controlled purchases. Rivera was arrested on Jan. 31, 2017, on state narcotics charges after agreeing to sell 900 bags of heroin to the undercover law enforcement agent, the DOJ said.

“Investigators seized from Rivera 950 bags of heroin and $1,642 in cash,” the agency said.

After Rivera’s arrest, the DOJ said, law enforcement searched his South Street residence and found crack cocaine, marijuana, $14,963 in cash and items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

Rivera forfeited the cash seized during the investigation.

He has been detained since his Jan. 2017 arrest. The DOJ said he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Caraballo-Almonte has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

The case was investigated by the DEA Hartford Task Force, with includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic police departments.