Puerto Rico Man, Luis Collazo-Rivera Sentenced to More Than 6 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine to Connecticut
(STL.News) Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that LUIS COLLAZO-RIVERA, 40, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 75 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut through the U.S. Mail.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service began investigating a drug trafficking organization that was sending Priority Mail parcels containing kilogram-quantities of cocaine through the U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and elsewhere. The investigation revealed that Erick Suarez, of New Britain, coordinated shipments of cocaine from Collazo-Rivera and his associates in Puerto Rico to addresses in New Britain, Hartford, Newington, East Hartford and Bridgeport, as well as Springfield, Massachusetts. Investigators identified more than 50 suspect parcels that were mailed from Puerto Rico, and intercepted five of the suspect parcels, each of which contained approximately one kilogram of cocaine.