- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has admitted to charges he was the leader of a heroin distribution ring.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 43-year-old Wilson Vasquez, of New Haven, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Bridgeport. Prosecutors say the charges stem from a joint federal and local investigation into heroin distribution in New Haven.

Investigators say Vasquez obtained bulk quantities of heroin, processed and packaged the drug with several coconspirators, and then distributed the drug through a network of street-level distributors.

During the investigation, authorities seized approximately 500 grams of raw heroin, three handguns and five vehicles, and bank accounts containing more than $300,000 were frozen.

The investigation resulted in 17 arrests. All 17 defendants have pleaded guilty.

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