HARTFORD – The alleged leader of a Hartford area narcotics trafficking ring and more than a dozen others were indicted by a grand jury Thursday on drug charges.
Julio “Cuzzo Jay” Oliveras, 32, maintained a residence on Ellis Street in New Britain, to supply heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine to several Hartford area drug dealers, according to federal court papers. He was selling smaller amounts to his own customers, authorities said. He also maintained several other apartments in Hartford for the same purpose and a storage unit in Hartford where authorities found multiple guns, court papers said.
Federal agents began investigating the Oliveras and his alleged accomplices in August of 2017.
By using wiretaps, controlled drug buys and surveillance, federal authorities amassed information that the people were buying drugs from Oliveras, and then selling heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine to customers throughout the Hartford region.
Oliveras and 14 others were arrested July 18 on various criminal complaints. The next day, federal investigators executed 10 search warrants at various locations in Hartford and at Oliveras’ apartment in New Britain and seized five to six kilograms of suspected heroin or fentanyl, about 600 grams of cocaine, eight guns and other evidence of drug trafficking activity, court papers said.
The indictment returned by a grand jury Thursday charges all defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine. Based on the type and quantity of the drugs seized, Oliveras could face a life sentence in prison, authorities said. He and several others were also charged with various other counts including possession and/or distribution of various controlled substances.
Oliveras was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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