BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A 37-year-old Bridgeport man was sentenced Monday to 90 months in federal prison for planning to conduct an armed robbery of a narcotics stash house.
Carlos Colon, 37, of Bridgeport, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer to five years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly.
This matter stems from “Operation Samson,” an initiative headed by the federal and local police departments that targeted violent criminals, illegal firearm possession and firearm trafficking.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2014, the ATF began an investigation into Colon and his brother, Carlos “Joel” Colon, who were known narcotics and firearm traffickers in Bridgeport. Law enforcement also had received information Joel Colon was interested committing an armed robbery of a drug dealer.
During the investigation, the Colons recruited others to commit an armed robbery of what they believed to be a narcotics stash house.
On April 11, 2014, the Colons, along with Humberto Soto, Markus Mendez, Nelson Diaz, Trevor Pierce, and Hiram “Gringo” Mojica gathered at a Stamford location to execute the robbery and were arrested, police said.
Carlos Colon pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Joel Colon, Soto, Diaz, Mendez, Pierce and Mojica also pleaded guilty. Joel Colon was sentenced to 90 months in prison, Soto to 84 months, Diaz to 108 months, Mendez to 36 months and Pierce to 72 months. Mojica awaits sentencing.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa Richards.
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