U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Connecticut
District of Connecticut
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2014
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson
New London Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Trafficking Heroin
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MIGUEL MORALES, also known as “Neow,” 54, of New London, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role for trafficking heroin.
In early 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the U.S. Secret Service and the New London Police Department initiated an investigation to combat the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut. The investigation revealed that Luis Ariel Capellan Maldonado, also known as “Ariel,” and his associates were receiving heroin from sources in the Dominican Republic and distributing it throughout New London County. At times, Capellan Maldonado also obtained large quantities of raw heroin from co-conspirators in New York City and Providence. Court-authorized wiretaps revealed that MORALES was one of Capellan Maldonado’s most frequent customers of heroin, and sometimes cocaine. MORALES then sold the narcotics from his Colman Street residence to other drug distributors and customers.
MORALES has been detained since his arrest on April 3, 2013. On January 6, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
As part of this case, MORALES also forfeited a 2004 Pontiac GTO, a 1995 Nissan truck and a 2004 Acura TSX.
More than 100 individuals have been charged with federal and state offenses as a result of this investigation.
Capellan Maldonado has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine; Connecticut State Police; New London Police Department, Norwich Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, East Lyme Police Department and Putnam Police Department. The United States Marshals Service; ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations; Drug Enforcement Administration; HSI Assistant Attaché, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; HSI Arecibo, Puerto Rico Resident Office; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services; and the Groton City, Willimantic, New Haven and Bristol Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.
The federal cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds, Sarah P. Karwan and Henry K. Kopel. The state cases are being prosecuted by the State’s Attorney for the New London Judicial District and Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys Paul Narducci and Stephen Carney.