Drug Trafficking

After Heroin-For-Gun Trade, Dealer Gets 6 Years

A Hartford man who federal authorities say traded heroin and some cash for a stolen handgun faces more than six years in federal prison.

Roman Pantojas, a 28-year-old felon, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute heroin, federal officials said.

Pantojas was found with about 700 bags of heroin, $2,400 in cash and two loaded gun when authorities raided his Hartford home in 2014, according to federal officials.

An investigation turned up that Pantojas, who could not legally possess firearms as a convicted felon, had gotten the guns from his customers.

Justin Ashline, who bought...

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