A Connecticut man is forfeiting his home and more than $750,000 after pleading guilty to his role in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme with his wife, a former registered nurse in the state.
John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Windsor Locks resident Oscar Montoya, 62, has pleaded guilty in district court for his involvement in a scheme that dated back to 1998.to:
- One count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam.
- One count of engaging and attempting to engage in a monetary transaction affecting interstate commerce, involving criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000.
Montoya’s wife, Christine Miles, 59, pleaded guilty to the same charges last week.
Both are being held in custody and have agreed to forfeit their interest in their Windsor Locks home.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 1998, Miles, a retired nurse, and others conspired to possess and distribute heroin, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and alprazolam in Connecticut.
On August 4, 2016, members of the North Central Narcotics Task Force and the DEA conducted a search of their home, where a large quantity of various prescription medications, approximately two pounds of marijuana, $10,093 in cash and more than $13,000 in gift cards were seized. Miles was arrested on state charges following the sweep.
Durham said that “Montoya knew of Miles’ illegal activity and, at her discretion, dispensed pills to at least one of Miles’ drug customers. Montoya was also aware that family members outside of Connecticut were mailing pills to Miles at their (Connecticut) home, and that his wife was selling the pills for profit.”
Further investigation found that through the drug trafficking conspiracy, Miles and Montoya amassed more than $700,000 in several bank accounts. The investigation also found that following her arrest on state charges, Miles used $17,359 of drug proceeds to purchase 11 U.S. Postal Service money orders and a bank cashier’s check payable to a New Jersey-based moving company for a planned move from Connecticut to New Mexico.
In pleading guilty, Montoya agreed to forfeit his interest in the Windsor Locks residence and $767,056.74 seized from the residence and multiple bank accounts. He is due to be sentenced later this year, when she will face up to 30 years in prison.
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