Meriden man sentenced to five years in federal drug trafficking case

Meriden man sentenced to five years in federal drug trafficking case

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NEW HAVEN — A Meriden man was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with a heroin trafficking ring in Waterbury. 

Sunji Cramer, 40, of Meriden, was sentenced on Thursday to 5 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release for trafficking heroin, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut. 

The investigation was done by the DEA New Haven Task Force, the Waterbury and Naugatuck police departments, and involved the use of wire-taps, surveillance and controlled purchases of narcotics. The investigation showed that a Waterbury based drug trafficking organization was receiving large quantities of heroin and cocaine from various suppliers, and distributing the drugs around Waterbury. 

Police intercepted communications that Cramer supplied about 100 grams of heron to another man, knowing that man intended to distribute the drug. 

On March 13 a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Cramer and 28 other people with various offenses related to the distribution of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine. 

Cramer and other defendants were arrested on March 21. Investigators seized about 3,000 bags of heroin, 400 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of fentanyl/heroin mixed, 400 grams of heroin, 10 grams of crack, 20 pounds of marijuana, fentanyl, a one-kilogram press, four handguns and about 120,000 in cash and four vehicles, the release said. 

Cramer has been detained since his arrest. On Sept. 9 he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possession with intent to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin.
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