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Lexington man sentenced to prison for transporting, distributing drugs in Connecticut

Lexington, SC (Diana Nation) – Carlitos “Carlos” Molina, 48, of Lexington, SC, was sentenced to serve five years in federal prison in Connecticut after pleading guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of cocaine.

In December of 2018, according to court documents and statements made in court, the Drug Enforcement Administration learned that Molina was transporting kilogram-quantities of heroin and cocaine to Connecticut from his home in Lexington, South Carolina. He and his nephew, Efrain Molina, then sold the drugs in and around Bridgeport, Connecticut. In January 2019, members of the DEA and Bridgeport Police Department arranged a controlled purchase of approximately one kilo of cocaine and 400 grams of heroin from the Molinas in exchange for $53,000. On January 17, 2019, Carlitos and Efrain Molina were arrested after they arrived at a location in Bridgeport in possession of the narcotics.

Both uncle and nephew have been detained in Connecticut since their arrests. Carlitos plead guilty on May 17 of this year and was sentenced October 17. Efrain Molina, also known as “Frankie”, plead guilty October 8 and is still awaiting sentencing in federal court in Connecticut.

The elder Molina is well-known in the criminal justice arena. At the time of his arrest in Connecticut and while living in Lexington, SC, he was on parole in the state of Georgia for trafficking methamphetamine. He received a 20-year sentence of which he served 10 years. Upon the completion of his five-year sentence in federal prison in Connecticut, he will be returned to Georgia to complete the remaining 10 years of that 20-year sentence.

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