A former Bristol resident has been sentenced to prison for 6 years for trafficking cocaine through the mail.
Marcos Mendez, 31, of Kissimmee, Fl.a, was sentenced in Bridgeport to 72 months of imprisonment, which will be followed by four years of supervised release.
According to court documents and statements made in court, evidence was collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Law enforcement was able to seize five suspect parcels being mailed to addresses in Bristol, Meriden, Burlington and Worcester, Mass. Inside these parcels, they found multiple kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine.
According to court documents, investigators were able to observe Mendez and other individuals trying to pick up packages that were seized.
Mendez was arrested on Jan. 9, 2019. When investigators searched his Bristol residence they found numerous bags of marijuana packaged for distribution, $146,712 in cash and more than a kilogram of cocaine.
Mendez and five others were charged on Jan. 23, 2019, with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and related offenses. Mendez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine on May 18, 2021.
Mendez is required to report to prison on Jan. 3, 2022. He is currently released on a $500,000 bond.