Wife of Latin Kings leader sentenced to 3 years in prison for her role in gang’s drug operations

Zach Murdock, Hartford Courant

The wife of an East Hartford man who led a Latin Kings fentanyl and heroin trafficking operation has been sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the gang’s drug activities.

Marisol Ferry, 27, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for helping distribute the gang’s narcotics, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Marisol Ferry’s husband, Nelson, also known as “300,” led one of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation drug trafficking schemes in Hartford’s South End that became the focus of a federal investigation in 2018 after a spate of violence related to the operation.

Investigators determined Marisol Ferry was an active participant in the processing, packaging and distribution of both heroin and fentanyl at her and her husband’s East Hartford home and at a so-called “trap house” at 149 Wethersfield Avenue where they sold drugs to customers.

The trap house already was under investigation in early 2018 before one of the Ferry’s associates was seriously wounded during an apparent armed robbery there, prompting an escalation in violence around the area and planned retaliation, prosecutors said.

Nelson Ferry subsequently asked his brother-in-law, Dannie Darling, to hunt down the shooter and investigators found Marisol Ferry also threatened the shooter on Facebook, according to court records.

Federal agents and local police accelerated their investigation, following Nelson Ferry and Darling to conduct surveillance and flooding certain parts of the city with uniformed officers to deter further violence.

Both men and Marisol Ferry were among nine suspected members or associates of the Latin Kings arrested during a sweeping bust a few weeks later, during which police seized two guns, about 150 grams of fentanyl, about 20 grams of crack cocaine and other narcotics, federal authorities said at the time.

Investigators also searched the Ferry’s East Hartford home that day and found about 50 grams of fentanyl, assorted drug paraphernalia and more than $2700 in cash, prosecutors said.

Marisol Ferry has been detained since her arrest and pleaded last August to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Nelson Ferry, 29, and Darling, 32, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year. Nelson Ferry was sentenced to more than seven years in prison and Darling was sentenced to more than four years.

Investigators also identified and ultimately arrested 43-year-old Randy Parkman, of Hartford, in connection with the armed robbery and shooting at the trap house in the summer of 2018.

Parkman was a regular drug user and buyer from that Wethersfield Avenue location who felt slighted during one of his purchases and returned with a gun to exact revenge and rob the house, prosecutors have said.

He pleaded guilty to federal firearms and robbery offenses in January and was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison late last month.

Zach Murdock can be reached at zmurdock@courant.com.

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