Bridgeport man pleads guilty to heroin trafficking charge

A Bridgeport man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 13,  to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Tyevhon King, also known as “Twin,” 30, entered his plea in Hartford federal court, according to John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Authorities say King was a member of a Bridgeport-based heroin trafficking organization that, between April 2015 and March 2017, received at least 30 kilograms of heroin from Mexico, and then distributed the drug in the Bridgeport area.

The investigation, which included multiple controlled purchases of heroin from King, revealed that King regularly received a total of more than three kilograms of heroin, which he distributed to his own customers.

Investigators seized vehicles owned by King that contained “traps,” which the U.S. Attorney’s office said are typically used to conceal narcotics and other contraband.

On March 16, 2017, a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging King and six other individuals with heroin trafficking and related offenses.

King has been detained since his arrest on March 24, 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on May 10, at which time he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years maximum term of imprisonment of life.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and Bridgeport Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Vizcarrondo and Alina Reynolds.

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