BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A 29-year-old Bridgeport man will spend 51 months behind bars for his role in trafficking heroin out a city barbershop, prosecutors said.
Michael Bennett was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly said.
He had pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to one federal count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.
On June 6, a grand jury in Bridgeport returned an eight-count indictment charging Bennett and six other Bridgeport residents with heroin trafficking offenses. All seven were arrested June 7.
In 2015, the FBI’s Bridgeport State Streets Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation into several heroin distributors operating in Bridgeport, according to court documents and statements made in court.
The investigation included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of heroin and physical surveillance.
Police determined that Kareem Roseboro, also known as “Swiss,” was supplying heroin to other distributors. Roseboro and others used the Stylz Barbershop, located on State Street in Bridgeport, as a hub for their narcotics distribution activity.
The investigation further revealed that Bennett supplied individuals in Roseboro’s network with heroin when Roseboro was unable to do so. In addition, in September and November 2015, investigators conducted two controlled purchases of heroin from Bennett.
Investigators also seized multiple “bricks” of heroin, items used in the processing and packaging of heroin, and five firearms. A brick of heroin contains 100 individual dose bags.
Bennett has been detained since his arrest.
His criminal history includes a 2007 state conviction for first-degree assault for shooting an individual in the shoulder during a personal dispute. He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, suspended after 117 months, and five years of probation. He was on state probation when he was trafficking heroin that resulted in this federal charge.
Roseboro has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing in the case.