HARTFORD — A member of the Latin Kings gang operating out of the Hartford area was sentenced this week to more than seven years in prison on drug and gun charges, according to federal prosecutors.
Judge Kari A. Dooley sentenced Jason “Hood” Figueroa, 31, to 87 months in prison during a video conference hearing on Wednesday due to the ongoing pandemic. Dooley also sentenced Figueroa’s prison term to be followed by three years of supervised release.
On Nov. 23, 2020, Figueroa — also known as “Hoodie” — pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of crack and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The charges against Figueroa stemmed from an investigation launched by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and Hartford police into the trafficking of drugs and “associated violence” in the city’s South End by alleged members and associates of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation, authorities said.
In December 2019, investigators learned that Figueroa, a member of the Latin Kings, was selling crack cocaine and he had several guns at his Franklin Avenue residence, officials said. From December 2019 through March 2020, law enforcement made six controlled buys of crack from Figueroa, authorities said.
Authorities said Figueroa was shot in the face on Bond Street on March 23, 2020.
As Figueroa recovered from the shooting in the hospital, investigators served a search warrant at his Franklin Avenue residence on April 8, 2020. Authorities said they seized eight guns, several rounds of ammunition and assorted gun paraphernalia.
One of the guns was able to fire shotgun shells and another was a “ghost” gun with a laser sight, while four other firearms recovered were found to have been reported stolen, according to authorities.
Law enforcement took Figueroa into custody on April 23, 2020. He has been detained since his arrest.
While incarcerated, authorities said, Figueroa was “recorded on a prison call discussing retaliation” for being shot last March.
Figueroa’s criminal history includes two state felony gun convictions.