Naugatuck heroin distributor sentenced to more than two years in prison


HARTFORD — A Naugatuck man was sentenced Wednesday to two years and nine months in prison for distributing heroin, according to federal prosecutors.

According to Leonard Boyle, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

These law enforcement agencies opened the investigation in May 2020. They were investigating a drug trafficking organization, allegedly led by Zachary Lee Foster, which distributed large quantities of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Waterbury area, the US Attorney’s Office said.

In the investigation, detectives used court-authorized wiretapping of several phones used by members of the organization, as well as physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics and motor vehicle stops that allowed the law enforcement to seize drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Detectives learned that Foster worked closely with Jason Metz of Naugatuck to distribute narcotics. Mine was heard multiple times via wiretap ordering the distribution of quantities of heroin in Metz between November 2020 and January 2021. Metz then sold the drugs to his own clients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mines, Foster, Metz and 14 others were indicted in an indictment by a federal grand jury in New Haven on March 1, 2021.

Mines was arrested on March 3, 2021. On that date, law enforcement executed seven search warrants and seized approximately 40,000 bags of suspects, heroin, 350 grams of cocaine, 50 grams of crack cocaine and nine weapons on fire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mines has been detained since his arrest and pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 10, 2021. A federal judge in Hartford ordered him to serve 33 months in prison, or two years and nine months, followed by three years of supervised release on Wednesday. . .

Both Mets and Foster have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.


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