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Convicted Murderer, 71, Gets 20 Years In Prison for Cocaine Trafficking

Meriden resident Armando Cardona pleaded guilty to one count of a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms of narcotics.

A 71-year-old Meriden felon caught trafficking 30 kilograms of cocaine from Arizona will now spend the next two decades in federal prison

Armando Cardona, a Meriden resident, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Hartford to 20 years of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for trafficking narcotics. Cardona pleaded guilty to one count of a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

According to a press release from the U.S. Justice Department, Arkansas State Police seized approximately 30 kilograms of narcotics being delivered from Phoenix, AZ, to Meriden on Dec. 10, 2009 with Cardona being the recipient here. Two days later, the Drug Enforcement Administration then conducted a controlled delivery of the cocaine in Meriden after making contact with Cardona.

He was arrested shortly therafter at his Bradley Road home, after which police searched the residence and seized approximately $372,000.

According to police, the investigation revealed that Cardona had agreed to pay a drug courier $30,000 to transport the cocaine between the two states from October to December 2009.

Cardona has a lengthy criminal history. In 1973, he committed a murder and was convicted and sentenced in New York to a term of incarceration of 25 years to life. In 1987, while incarcerated, he stabbed another inmate with a knife and received an 18 to 36-month consecutive sentence, police said. 

In 1990, he was convicted in federal court of a cocaine distribution charge after he was discovered arranging kilogram-quantity cocaine deals from prison. Cardona has been detained since his arrest on December 12, 2009.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation, including the Arkansas State Police, the Pope County District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Haven and Little Rock, and the Meriden Police Department. The DEA Task Force in New Haven includes officers from the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden and Branford Police Departments.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney S. Dave Vatti

MultoBene November 09, 2012 at 12:10 PM
And yet, afer murder and stabbing an inmate, other felonies, he'd been released???? I say he should spend time in Dan Malloy's home! Nice that there is NO VICTIM'S JUSTICE in CT.
Mark November 12, 2012 at 03:25 AM
"In 1987, while incarcerated, he stabbed another inmate with a knife and received an 18 to 36-month consecutive sentence, police said." Yep all Governor Malloy's fault waaaay back in 1987. Connecticut is a blue state, get used to it or use one of the three major exits from the state.
Mark November 12, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I would also like to point out that the 20 year sentence just handed down was in a FEDERAL court, which means our Governor has ZERO say in anything that happens there. Also the murder this guy committed? happened in NEW YORK.
MultoBene January 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
We can certainly blame all the violence in this country on the pathetic (NO)Judicial system!!! This guy should have never EVER been released to continue on his path to mayhem!!! All the liberal, rehabilitation garbage, is just that, garbage! Rehabilitation means to give back what they once had, these criminals NEVER had anything but a life of crime, releasing them is all that they are given back... A chance to resume their criminal activities! This has been proven over and over and over again yet the idiots running the "justice" system and liberal politicians creating the "criminal safety" laws and loop holes are the real criminals. THE DEATH PENALTY NEEDS to be in EVERY STATE and UPHELD! GOD NEEDS to be allowed back into this country NOW! ALL Law abiding AMERICANS need to be armed and able to defend themselves as well. Enough is Enough...GOD SAVE US ALL!

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