Man linked to French Connection heroin ring to be sentenced


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who federal authorities say was a player in the notorious French Connection heroin ring is scheduled to be sentenced to at least five years in prison on a drug charge.

Seventy-five-year-old Danbury resident Alfred Catino is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in New Haven.

He was among 16 people busted in Connecticut in 2012 for distributing marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone. He pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge in 2014.

The French Connection was a major supplier of heroin to the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. It spawned an Oscar-winning 1971 film of the same name starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider.

Catino’s lawyer is seeking the minimum mandatory five-year prison sentence, while prosecutors are asking for a 10-year sentence.