California Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Heroin Trafficking

A California man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trafficking heroin in Connecticut after authorities found around six kilograms of heroin in a vehicle in 2013. 

Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force followed a white Cadillac Escalade 33-year-old Luis Cedillo was driving on Nov. 14, 2013 when he drove to a store and bought items used to process and package illegal drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. 

When the Escalade arrived at a garage in Wolcott, agents approached Cedillo, searched the garage and noticed a vehicle raised on a lift that had sheet-rock screws coming through the metal of the bottom of the car, federal officials said. 

After a canine alert, agents opened a trap in the back of the vehicle and retrieved approximately six kilograms of heroin. 

Cedillo, who last lived in Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin. 

Officials said they also searched a Danbury home connected to him and found $400,000 in cash. 

Cedillo has been detained since his arrest and pleaded guilty on May 19 to one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. 

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