Waterbury man sentenced to 7 years in prison for selling heroin, other drugs

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A Waterbury man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison for his role in a heroin, crack and cocaine trafficking ring in the city.

James Grant, also known by the names “Bobo,” “Bo” and “Jimbo,” appeared in court in Hartford on Wednesday and was sentenced to 84 months behind bars plus four years of supervised released, according to the district attorney’s office.

Grant, 58, was indicted by a federal grand jury last March along with 16 others involved in the drug trafficking scheme. In January, Grant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin, cocaine and crack with intent to sell, officials said.

In May 2020, the New Haven task force for the U.S. drug enforcement administration and police in Waterbury found that Grant was part of an organization that was selling large amounts of all three drugs. Grant was also converting cocaine into crack and selling it to both drug users and other dealers, officials said.

Grant was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant. He has been in custody since January 2021, officials said.