Jonathan Brown, a Bridgeport man, has been sentenced to over 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in a large-scale heroin trafficking ring. Brown was a close associate of Ivan Rosario, the head of a Bridgeport-based heroin trafficking organization between April 2015 and March 2017. They received at least 30 kilograms of heroin transported from Mexico and distributed it throughout Bridgeport, using motorcycles equipped with secret compartments. Brown’s girlfriend, a Bridgeport real estate agent, helped the organization by securing “stash houses” to store and process the narcotics. Brown was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in a large-scale heroin trafficking ring. Jonathan Brown, 46, was a close associate of Ivan Rosario, also known as “Ghost,” who was the head of a Bridgeport-based heroin trafficking organization between April 2015 and March 2017, As detailed in court documents.
During that time, the organization received at least 30 kilograms, or about 66 pounds, of heroin transported from Mexico. The heroin was transported inside motorcycles equipped with secret compartments and then distributed throughout Bridgeport.
Brown’s girlfriend, a Bridgeport real estate agent, helped the organization by securing “stash houses” to store and process the narcotics. Brown himself helped package and distribute the drugs.
Brown was arrested and charged in March 2017, along with six others, for heroin trafficking offenses. He was released on a $250,000 bond but failed to appear for his next court proceeding, where he was meant to plead guilty. He was later located and arrested in Mexico in 2019 and has been detained since.
“On December 22, 2022, Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin,” The Department of Justice said. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
This case highlights the dangerous and far-reaching consequences of drug trafficking, both for those directly involved and for the communities affected by the drugs. It also underscores the importance of law enforcement efforts to disrupt and dismantle these criminal organizations.
The use of motorcycles with secret compartments to transport the heroin is a particularly concerning aspect of this case, as it demonstrates the lengths to which traffickers will go to evade detection and continue their illegal activities.
It is also troubling to see the involvement of a real estate agent in the organization, as this suggests that drug trafficking can be intertwined with legitimate businesses and professions.
The sentencing of Brown is a reminder that those involved in drug trafficking will face serious consequences for their actions. It is important for law enforcement to continue to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of these crimes in order to keep our communities safe.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, the Bridgeport Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys H. Gordon Hall and Sarah P. Karwan.
The Department of Justice reminds the public that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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