- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man has been sentenced to prison for trafficking heroin and selling firearms.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly announced Friday that Melvin Castro was sentenced to seven years behind bars followed by five years of probation.

Prosecutors say members of the FBI and Hartford police began an investigation in September 2014 into narcotics distribution and firearms trafficking by members of the Los Solidos street gang. The investigation resulted in federal charges against 30 people, including the 23-year-old Castro.

Prosecutors say Castro sold 2,704 bags of heroin and six firearms to undercover officers during the investigation.

Castro was arrested June 15, 2015. He pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to heroin distribution and related drug charges.

The prosecution stems from Project Longevity, a comprehensive initiative to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s major cities.

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