Woman gets 18 months in prison for role in cocaine ring

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman who authorities say was part of a drug trafficking ring that brought large amounts of cocaine into Connecticut from Puerto Rico has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham says Alba Filomeno-Gomez, of New London, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford.

Local and federal authorities say multi-pound shipments of cocaine were sent through the U.S. mail from Puerto Rico to various Connecticut locations. Officials say they seized more than 26 pounds (12 kilograms) of cocaine.

Authorities say the 23-year-old Filomeno-Gomez accepted some of the packages and was a courier for drugs and money. She pleaded guilty in July to a cocaine conspiracy charge.

Her lawyers say she has serious mental health and drug addiction problems stemming from a difficult childhood.