News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2007

Colombian National Arrested in Stamford
Pleads Guilty to Federal Narcotics, Immigration Charges

APR 23-- 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, today announced that PEDRO HIDALGO, age 45, a native and citizen of Colombia formerly residing at 3134 84th Street, Queens, New York, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, before United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport, to one count of conspiracy to import heroin into the United States, and one count of illegal re-entry.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on February 9, 2006, HIDALGO was arrested in Stamford by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after HIDALGO received a package containing heroin that had originated in Bogota, Colombia. The package contained a waistband supporter in which approximately one-half of one pound of heroin was concealed.

On September 12, 1997, HIDALGO was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute heroin. HIDALGO, who was in the U.S. illegally, subsequently was deported to Colombia in August 1999. In 2003, HIDALGO illegally re-entered the United States.

Before re-entering the U.S., anyone who has been deported must have the express consent of the U.S. Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Judge Hall has scheduled sentencing for July 6, 2007, at which time HIDALGO faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000. HIDALGO has been detained since his arrest.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Stamford Police department.