News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2008

Meriden Brothers Sentenced To Federal Prison For Operating Crack Cocaine Enterprise

JUN 13 -- 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, announced that twin brothers WILFREDO ABRAHANTE, 29, of Graveline Avenue, Meriden, and WILLIAM ABRAHANTE, 29, of North Second Street, Meriden, were sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven for their participation in a narcotics conspiracy that involved the distribution of crack cocaine in Meriden. WILFREDO ABRAHANTE was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and WILLIAM ABRAHANTE was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base. WILFREDO and WILLIAM pleaded guilty to the charges on December 6, 2007 and October 4, 2007, respectively.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, the charges against the ABRAHANTE brothers stem from court-authorized interceptions of a cellular telephone used by WILFREDO ABRAHANTE in May 2006. The intercepted conversations revealed that WILFREDO sold crack cocaine to customers who would come to his former residence at 238 South Colony Street in Meriden where he, WILLIAM and their stepfather Josue Maldonado, resided. According to statements made in court and in documents filed with the court, WILFREDO operated his crack cocaine distribution operation primarily by distributing the crack through a third party who lived in the basement apartment of the residence, which was maintained as a crack house.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging the ABRAHANTE brothers and 33 others with various narcotics offenses based on this investigation. On May 22, 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging an additional five others with various narcotics offenses stemming from this investigation.

On January 22, 2008, Maldonado was sentenced to three years of probation for his role in this crack cocaine distribution ring.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Meriden Police Department.