News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2006

Three Men Involved in New Haven Drug Ring Plead
Guilty to Federal Heroin Trafficking Charges

APR 26--June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that three individuals pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to their involvement in a heroin trafficking organization.  SIGFREDO REYES, also known as Braudilio Sanchez, age 46, of 1703A Harrison Avenue in the Bronx, New York; EMILIO MARTINEZ, also known as “Bori,” age 34, of 92 Truman Street, New Haven, and WILSON REYES ALMONTE, also known as Luis Torres Matos, also known as “Pipe,” age 25 of 945 Fairfield Avenue, Apartment 4A, Bridgeport, each pleaded guilty before Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

        On August 10, 2005, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned and Indictment charging REYES, MARTINEZ and ALMONTE and six others with narcotics conspiracy violations.  The charges arose from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Drug Task Force into the distribution of heroin throughout the New Haven area by a narcotics trafficking organization in which REYES, MARTINEZ and ALMONTE participated.  A variety of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques were employed by the Task Force, including court-authorized wiretaps and undercover purchases and seizures of heroin.  The investigation disclosed and the Indictment alleges that the drug organization was obtaining large quantities of heroin and transporting it to New Haven for resale.

        Judge Covello has scheduled sentencing for July 18, 2006, at which time REYES and ALMONTE each face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years, and a fine of up to $2 million, and MARTINEZ faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of life and a fine of up to $4 million.  REYES, MARTINEZ and ALMONTE have been detained since their arrests in August 2005. 

        This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Drug Task Force, which includes agents and officers from the DEA, the New Haven, West Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Shelton, Guilford and Branford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.