News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2007

Norwalk Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charges

MAR 21 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcment Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL LONGO, age 60, of 5 Coventry Place, Norwalk, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of possessing and distributing the chemical red phosphorous knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, commonly known at “meth.”

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, LONGO purchased laboratory equipment and chemicals over the internet, including more than two kilograms of red phosphorous from a company based in the United Kingdom. A search of LONGO’s Norwalk residence recovered, among other things, substances and chemicals used to produce meth, including red phosphorous, ephedrine, and iodine; computer printouts of internet “recipes” for making meth; and assorted flasks, glassware, and laboratory equipment. The investigation revealed that LONGO not only had tried to manufacture meth, but also had sent substantial quantities of red phosphorous to his son-in-law in Alabama.

Judge Arterton has scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2007, at which time LONGO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and fine of up to $250,000.

“Meth is a highly addictive drug that has ravaged other parts of the country, but federal, state, and local law enforcement are working hard to thwart the threat of meth production and abuse here in Connecticut,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “Meth harms not only the addicts who consume it, but also the environment and the general public. Meth production requires the use of unstable, explosive chemicals that leave toxic residues which remain in the environment long after the drug is made and sold on the street. This Office will prosecute those who are involved in the production or distribution of meth to the fullest extent under the law.”

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Norwalk Police Department.