(STL.News) – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Efrain Molina, also known as “Frankie,” 34, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to a heroin and cocaine trafficking offense.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration learn that Efrain Molina’s uncle, Carlitos Molina, also known as “Carlos,” was transporting kilogram-quantities of heroin and cocaine to Connecticut from his home in South Carolina. Efrain Molina then sold the drugs in and around Bridgeport. In January 2019, members of the DEA and Bridgeport Police Department arranged a controlled purchase of approximately one kilogram of cocaine and 400 grams of heroin from the Molinas in exchange for $53,000. On January 17, 2019, Efrain and Carlitos Molina were arrested after they arrived at location in Bridgeport in possession of narcotics.
Efrain Molina pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of cocaine, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. He is released on a $150,000 bond pending sentencing, which is not scheduled.
Carlitos Molina, 48, has been detained since his arrest. He pleaded guilty to the same charge on May 17, 2019, and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 17.
Carlitos Molina has an extensive criminal history and, at time of this offense, was on parole in the State of Georgia for trafficking methamphetamine. He faces the remaining 10 years of a 20-year state sentence when he is released from federal custody.
This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria del Pilar Gonzalez