A Hartford man was sentenced to 42 months in prison for drug trafficking on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Javier Acevedo, 42, of Hartford was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for cocaine trafficking.
According to court documents and testimony, The U.S. Postal Service's Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force was investigating the shipment of controlled substances from Puerto Rico to Connecticut. On May 15, 2021, a suspicious package designated for an address on Giddings Street in Hartford was identified.
Around one hour after it was delivered, Acevedo picked up the package and drove it to his home on South Street. Law enforcement met him at his residence, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. A court-authorized search of the package revealed it contained approximately two kilograms, or 4.4 pounds, of cocaine.
Investigations revealed that Acevedo had regularly received packages of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to his address or "other addresses associated with him." He then held the packages until they were picked up by another individual, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He received at least $500 for each package he picked up.
He was arrested on July 7, 2021. On April 27, 2022, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Acevedo, who is released on a $200,000 bond, must report to prison on Jan. 17, 2023, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.