Ex-Building Manager Gets Prison For Allowing Drug Activity

The former manager of a Hartford apartment building who was accused of knowingly allowed the building to be used as a drug trafficking hub has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. 

Federal prosecutors said 63-year-old Franklyn Nieves, of Hartford, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to two years and four months behind bars and two years of probation. He pleaded guilty in May to maintaining a drug-involved premises. 

Prosecutors said Nieves allowed the six-unit building in Hartford to be used to store, process and distribute heroin and fentanyl. 

Nieves, who also lived in one of the units, was aware of the drug trafficking activity and even helped to secure the basement for drug activities, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. 

Nieves also knew a 17-year-old youth was selling drugs out of the building, according to federal authorities. 

He has been ordered to report to prison on Jan. 16.

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