John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HECTOR LUNA, 32, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring.
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service into a drug trafficking organization that was receiving shipments of cocaine from Puerto Rico and California, and distributing the drug in and around Hartford. The investigation revealed that a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was facilitating the shipment of parcels containing kilograms of cocaine through the USPS to addresses that were on his delivery route in Hartford. The letter carrier distributed cocaine to his own drug customers, and also delivered parcels to other large-scale cocaine traffickers in the Hartford area. Luna received parcels of cocaine from the letter carrier and delivered them to other co-conspirators.
Luna was arrested on May 21, 2019. On June 4, 2019, a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Luna and 18 co-defendants with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and related offenses. On November 17, 2020, Luna pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Luna, who is released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on November 11, 2020.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force includes personnel from the DEA Hartford Resident Office and the Bristol, Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks and Willimantic Police Departments.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.