News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2008

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Role in Cocaine Trafficking Ring

APR 21 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RAUL REYES, also known as “Papa,” 37, of Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On February 2, 2007, REYES pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, beginning in mid-2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force initiated an investigation into suspected distribution of cocaine in the Bridgeport area by Luis Robles and his associates. The investigation, which employed court-authorized wiretaps, court-authorized audio and video surveillance and several controlled purchases of cocaine, established that the ring primarily operated out of East End Auto, an auto shop owned by Robles located at 1357 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport. Robles obtained cocaine from a source of supply located in the New York metropolitan area. Typically, the cocaine was transported by automobile to the Bridgeport area to Robles or one of his associates and then redistributed in and around Bridgeport to REYES and other dealers.

In April 2006, the DEA HIDTA Task Force members arrested REYES, Robles, and several other individuals involved in this narcotics trafficking ring. In connection with the arrests, Task Force members conducted searches at 11 locations in Bridgeport, Derby and Naugatuck, Connecticut, and seized more than 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, more than 500 grams of crack, one loaded semi-automatic handgun that was found in a closet in Robles’ residence, one bulletproof vest, six automobiles, and more than $125,000 in United States currency.

On February 2, 2007, Robles pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine. In pleading guilty, Robles also admitted that he attempted to obstruct justice by threatening witnesses involved in this investigation. On May 3, 2007, Judge Underhill sentenced Robles to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Members of the Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford and West Haven Police Departments participated in the investigation.