CT man jailed for selling drugs, guns to undercover police

A New Haven man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for selling illegal drugs and guns to an undercover policeman, according to federal authorities.

Kelvin Munoz, 29, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sarla Nagla in Hartford to three years of supervised release for his involvement in drug trafficking in the New Haven area, according to federal authorities.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2022, the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force began investigating a drug trafficking organization operating in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. The investigation included court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance, and multiple controlled purchases of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine from Munoz and others. According to federal authorities, the investigation also identified individuals who were obtaining and distributing prescription narcotic pills.

On September 20, 2022, investigators made a controlled purchase of a Polymer 80 .40 caliber handgun, ammunition, and fentanyl from Munoz and a co-defendant. On March 9, 2023, shortly after Munoz completed a meeting with his state probation officer, investigators made another controlled purchase of approximately 48 grams of fentanyl from him.

According to federal authorities, Munoz has been in custody since his arrest on Aug. 23, 2023. On April 5, 2024, he pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

The investigation, which resulted in federal charges against 12 individuals, was conducted by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which included members of the FBI, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut Department of Corrections, and the New Haven, Milford, East Haven, West Haven, and Wallingford police departments.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan J. Keefe through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program. Additional information about the OCDETF program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Stephen Underwood can be reached at [email protected]

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