April 26, 2018

9 yrs. for Hartford grocer dealing heroin

The owner of a Hartford grocery store must spend nine years in federal prison for distributing large amounts of heroin from the South End business, prosecutors say.

Johnny Beltre, 35, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last living in Cromwell, also was sentenced Thursday in Hartford federal court to serve three years of supervised release, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Beltre faces deportation once he completes his sentence, authorities said.

According to investigators, Beltre and his co-conspirators trafficked large quantities of heroin from his Beltre Family Grocery at 955 Broad St.

In a six-month period from July 2015 and Jan. 2016, undercover federal drug enforcement agents made seven controlled purchases of heroin from Beltre and his associates.
On Feb. 22, 2016, a search of Beltre's Cromwell home uncovered two bags of raw heroin, cutting agents and packaging supplies, along with $433,577 in cash.

His two co-conspirators were previously convicted and sentenced, authorities said.

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