Dominican sentenced to 4 years for role in U.S. drug trafficking ring — Jose Rivera, 40, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last living in West Haven, was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton to four years in prison for his role as leader of a New Haven area heroin trafficking ring, according to a written statement by David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Rivera is also known as “Primo Flow,” “Moises Valentin-Candelaria,” “Raul Aracena” and “Jose Altreche.”

The case stems from “Operation Oceanfront,” a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps on wireless phones used by Rivera and another member of the organization. The DEA Task Force officers made several controlled purchases of heroin from Rivera and others.

Rivera and others processed and packaged heroin for street distribution in gram-weight quantities and in “bundles,” which are 10 single-dosage unit bags of heroin tied together. Rivera employed an individual to receive calls from customers and dispatch a runner to meet the customers and complete the sale.

The investigation ended Nov. 3, 2009, when DEA Task Force officers tried to arrest Rivera. After spotting police cars, Rivera sped away in his vehicle, leading officers on a chase before crashing into a utility pole in the area of Captain Thomas Boulevard in West Haven. Following the crash, Rivera and a passenger were arrested, and officers seized about 100 grams of heroin nearby.

On Sept. 29, 2010, Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin. Rivera has been held since his arrest. He faces deportation proceedings upon completion of his prison term.

Officers from local police departments assisted in the investigation.
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