News Release
For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New York Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin in West Hartford

JAN 16 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that LUIS IDELFONSO, 48, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced yesterday, January 14, by United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin.  IDELFONSO pleaded guilty to the charge on October 24, 2008.

On September 4, 2008, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging IDELFONSO and six other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and heroin in the greater Hartford area.  The charges stem from “Operation Mitt,” a nine-month investigation headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration that included controlled purchases of narcotics and intercepted telephone calls.  The investigation led to the identification of a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring based out of 36 Cortland Street in West Hartford.  A court-authorized wiretap revealed that IDELFONSO was a courier for New York drug suppliers who provided cocaine and heroin to the West Hartford-based ring.

On August 27, 2008, IDELFONSO was arrested in West Hartford while in possession of approximately 500 grams of heroin that he intended to deliver to the Cortland Street residence.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police.