Two dealers responsible for a wholesale drug operation that brought heroin into Connecticut, New York and New Jersey were sentenced to five years in federal prison, Deirdre M. Daly, United States attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The U.S attorney’s office said Jimmy Estevez, 25, of the Bronx, N.Y., and his brother, Miguel Estevez, 27, were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, which is to be followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2013, the DEA New Haven Task Force began investigating a heroin trafficking organization headed by members of the Estevez family who lived in New York and the Dominican Republic.

“The Estevez organization, including Jimmy and Miguel Estevez, and their cousin, Carlos Gabriel Estevez, supplied wholesale quantities of heroin to customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office said.

According to reports, in November 2013, investigators arranged a controlled purchase of approximately 50 grams of heroin from the Estevez brothers — a move that would eventually lead to their downfall.

On Nov. 25, 2013, the brothers traveled from New York to a location in Trumbull to complete the transaction.

“Thereafter, investigators intercepted numerous calls and text messages that established that Jimmy and Miguel Estevez were obtaining large quantities of heroin from multiple sources of supply, and used multiple vehicles to transport the drug to purchasers in Connecticut,” the release said.

According to the prosecutors, the Estevez brothers have been detained since Sept. 3, 2014.  

Two weeks after their arrest, on Sept. 17, 2014, a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging them, Carlos Gabriel Estevez and five others with heroin trafficking and money laundering offenses.  

Jimmy and Miguel Estevez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the report said.

Cousin Carlos and the rest of the gang

On Dec. 8, 2015, a jury found Carlos Gabriel Estevez guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, one kilogram or more of heroin.  

He awaits sentencing, the press release said.

Robinson Crucetts, also known as “Robi,” 50, of Hartford, purchased large quantities of heroin from Jimmy and Miguel Estevez, as well as their cousin Carlos.

He pleaded guilty and on Jan. 19, 2016, was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment, the U.S attorney’s office reported.

Four other co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Task force credit

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Geoffrey M. Stone and Brian P. Leaming.

The matter was investigated by the DEA New Haven Task Force, with the assistance of the DEA Hartford Task Force and the DEA in New York. The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, and Derby police departments and the U.S. Marshals Service.