BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for gun and drug offenses on Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.
U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford also sentenced Amonda Mendez, 25, to four years of supervised release after her prison term.
Mendez was convicted of distributing a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, including Percocet and Xanax, in Stamford. Between February and April 2015, the DEA Task Force conducted four controlled purchases of narcotics from Mendez, Daly said.
Mendez was arrested on May 17 after a wiretap revealed that she was injured the previous day in a shoot-out with another individual and she might be preparing to retaliate further, Daly said. A subsequent investigation of Mendez's apartment turned up the handgun she used in the shooting incident, a sawed-off shotgun, narcotics, and $10,000 in cash, the U.S. attorney said.
Mendez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in November.
The DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force includes members from the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Norwalk, Milford and Trumbull Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.
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