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Armed Heroin Dealer Sentenced in 2017 Incident

June 21, 2019 - 2:11 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTIC) – An armed heroin dealer has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison, announced today by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

43-year old Ishmael Mangual of Bridgeport was sentenced to 137 months of imprisonment followed by four years of supervised released for distributing heroin and possessing firearms.

In August 2017, Milford Police stopped a vehicle driven by Mangual and found he did not have a driver’s license or any registration or insurance for the vehicle.  Additionally, there was a six-year-old boy in the back seat without a car seat or seatbelt.

A further search revealed a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen along with 140 grams of heroin and a digital scale. 

Mangual was arrested on state changes and in March 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm.

His criminal history includes convictions for robbery and narcotics offenses – both state convictions.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigated the matter along with personnel from the DEA, Connecticut State Police and several surrounding police departments.