‘Hollywood’ gets 6 years in jail for Connecticut drug operation, prosecutors say – CT Insider

HARTFORD — A city man was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison after officers found 500 grams of cocaine in his home in 2019, according to federal prosecutors.

In October 2019, Jonathan Contrera, also known as “Hollywood,” 29, was caught selling 3.5 grams of cocaine, according to federal court documents. Police found an additional 3.5 grams of cocaine in Contrera’s car that day, prosecutors said.

After Contrera’s arrest, police raided his home and found about 500 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of crack and items used to process and package narcotics to sell, prosecutors said. Police also discovered a stolen .327 caliber revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition, according to the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut’s office.

Contrera was released after posting a $500,000 bond. He has been detained since he was arrested again on Oct. 17, 2019, according to Tom Carson, a spokesperson for the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut’s Office.

In May, Contrera pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A federal judge in Hartford sentenced Contrera on Wednesday to 78 months in prison, or more than six years, followed by four years of supervised release.

Before the arrest, investigators had made controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Contrera in September and October 2019.

These purchases took place after Contrera was arrested in July 2019. While on state probation. Contrera was charged with various narcotics offenses after they found cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in a car associated with him, prosecutors said.

Court documents state that when police questioned Contrera, he “brazenly responded to each question, ‘ham sandwich.’”

He was later released after posting a $350,000 bond, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors said in December 2017, Contrera pleaded guilty to the sale of narcotics and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was suspended after three years. He also pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, which was reduced from a murder charge after key witnesses to the case could not be located.

For those offenses, Contrera was released from state custody in June 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

liz.hardaway@hearst.com

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