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Norwalk heroin dealer gets 14 years

January 15, 2019

HARTFORD-A Haitian national who spend much of the last decade dealing heroin in the Greater Norwalk area will be spending 14 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea imposed the term on Charles Thelusma, 44 during his sentencing on Jan. 14, 2019.. Thelusma has been detained without bond since his June 14, 2017 arrest.

He pleaded guilty last June 27 to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 2.2 pounds of heroin.

Police and federal authorities became aware of Thelusma’s operation in 2012. It continued even while he was incarcerated in state prison, free on parole and serving time on probation, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Vatti.

“The defendant made his living as a heroin dealer fro a considerable time,” Vatti told the judge. “And he did so because he was motivated purely by desire to profit and his perception of the glamour in the lifestyle drug dealing afforded him.”

Vatti said Thelusma admitted to authorities that he decided to get into that line of work the first time he saw a package of crack cocaine and was told it was worth $1,000.

Assistant U.S. Public Defender James Maguire painted a different picture of the defendant. He told the judge Thelusma lived in poverty in Haiti for awhile before being brought to the U.S. by his father when he was 10. Five years later, his father kicked him out of the home and Thelusma was forced to live out of car and work in a fast food restaurant.

Even though Thelusma has seven prior felony drug convictions, Maguire said his client avoided the use of guns and violence.

Investigators determined that Thelusma purchased heroin in New York and had women deliver it to his customers in the Norwalk area.

Vatti explained the women were used because Thelusma thought there was a less likelihood they would be stopped by police.

Police became aware of his activities in 2012. During this investigation they seized heroin from a Norwalk and Port Chester, N.Y. stash house and made undercover drug buys.

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