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Man Arrested In New London Sentenced For Distributing Heroin

Larry Harris of Bridgeport was arrested in New London last November as part of large-scale investigation into heroin and cocaine trafficking in Southeastern Connecticut.

Larry Harris, 57, of Bridgeport, was sentenced on September 16 by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin. Harris was arrested in New London last November as part of large scale investigation into heroin and cocaine trafficking in Southeastern Connecticut. 

In early 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the U.S. Secret Service and the New London Police Department initiated an investigation to combat the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico into and around southeastern Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 16, 2012, Harris traveled to a residence on Belden Street in New London, entered the house, exited approximately two minutes later and then drove away in his car. New London Police officers stopped the car a short distance away. During the traffic stop, officers found Harris with approximately 40 grams of heroin packaged in four separate plastic bags, and approximately $972 in cash on his person.  Harris has admitted that some of the heroin was for personal use, and some he intended to sell to others.

On June 17, 2013, Harris pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. Judge Arterton ordered the sentence to be served concurrent with a state sentence that Harris is currently serving. More than 100 individuals have been charged with federal and state offenses as a result of this investigation.

This matter is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine; Connecticut State Police; New London Police Department, Norwich Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, East Lyme Police Department and Putnam Police Department. 

The United States Marshals Service; ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations; Drug Enforcement Administration; HSI Assistant Attaché, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; HSI Arecibo, Puerto Rico Resident Office;  Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services; and the Groton City, Willimantic, New Haven and Bristol Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.        

The federal case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds, Sarah P. Karwan and Henry K. Kopel.  The state cases are being prosecuted by the State’s Attorney for the New London Judicial District and Senior Assistant State’s Attorneys Paul Narducci and Stephen Carney.
Tambria Moore September 19, 2013 at 09:20 AM
treat this drug and the people who have succmed to addiction to it as we do alcohol. Decriminalize. Provide abstinence-based residential recovery programmes and increase pharmaceutical approaches for those who suffer addiction and are not in a progamme with the money spent on making a health issue a criminal issue. These are human beings, not societal waste.
John Butler September 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Felicia: In answer to you question, I like Tambria's comment. To which, I would add more surveillance in the middle and high schools, where most drug abuse starts. The problem with addiction is that it is greatly magnified by the high cost of drugs. Many addicts have to commit crimes in order to obtain narcotics. The cost of drugs are driven up by the risks involved in criminalization.
Matthew Macunus Jr. September 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Decriminalize everything is the slippery slop that you lean towards. This cannot work,where do we draw the line if not at heroin? Do we decriminalize crimes committed by those who are victims of the drug addiction? Are we looking for a police free state. Tambria do you really envision that working?
Daniella Ruiz September 22, 2013 at 05:24 AM
regarding another hot topic in this area, prostitution>> Krystal (the skinny blond) personally approached me one day and asked for a dollar. (Corner of State and Union St) I was 'too busy' and had just been too the State Street pawn shop to sell a $600 camera that they gave me less than $20 for, i was not happy to say the least and my mood was far from generous at the time she asked for the dollar. This NL city is laden with bad actors, preying on every sector of citizen, innocent, vulnerable and those with less than capable thought capacity. Call it what it is, a jungle, a veritable horde of predators disguised as bonified legal business or other, all seeking to survive. What was once a fruitful and vibrant trade center has devolved to a smarmy, gentrified clutch of 'service oriented' proto-humanitarian repair organizations, each elbowing the other for grants and 'cry me the moon' funding. The 'sex crimes' (and these drug crimes) of these people pictured, pales to the arrogant affronts each of those organizations do when they 'ask for help' and receive not dollars, but TENS of THOUSANDS of DOLLARS to sustain their bloated existence. If ever a community, here or within our national fencelines, were to equitably value other people as peers, rather than a categorized and labelled 'situation', there would be the next coming. There is so little of the common, helpful, desire by too many in this city (from reading these comments anyway) to understand the plight of so many and to bear the burden of becoming a true christian, jew, muslim, or other with all the societal responsibilities therein bound. Be kind, those pearly gates can be slammed shut to any of you for the slight of anothers' need. I'm going now, i'm certainly not coming to this city of my birth, for a false rebirth into this jungle of madness and despair. I have neither the courage or the life force remaining to take a dent from this head on demolition derby of souls and hearts.... (i was unable to give Krystal the dollar, as i only had the $20 bill from the pawn shop on me at the time, and i assumed she wasn't in the habit of giving change! ;-)) i returned to the same location later to offer her some money, but she was nowhere to be found. ) Spencer, there have been numerous 'sweeps' and stings by the NLPD and regional task forces for this category of offences, right here in 'the city that never sleeps' (or is always half awake)..."
Felicia Hendersen September 22, 2013 at 08:32 AM
I would have given you $40.00 for the camera.

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