News Release
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New London Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison

MAR 31 -- 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, announced that VICTOR AYALA, also known as “Vic,” 50, of Fuller Street, New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On September 10, 2008, AYALA pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on June 23, 2007, during the course of a Drug Enforcement Administration-led investigation into narcotics trafficking in eastern Connecticut, AYALA was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap advising co-defendant Anthony Morse that he knew of an individual who was willing to purchase multiple kilograms of cocaine.  On June 25, 2007, Morse told AYALA over the telephone that he was bringing cocaine to AYALA.

Morse was arrested on June 25, 2007, in a New London parking lot after he was found in possession of approximately two kilograms of cocaine that he intended to deliver to AYALA.

The investigation also revealed that AYALA and Morse discussed the possibility of AYALA supplying Morse with cocaine.  On May 18, 2007, AYALA told Morse that he could obtain a kilogram of cocaine for a price of $28,000 to $29,000.  Morse subsequently examined samples of cocaine that AYALA had available for inspection.

On October 26, 2007, Morse pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Norwich Police Department, the New London Police Department, the City of Groton Police Department, the Town of Groton Police Department, the Waterford Police Department, the Stonington Police Department, the Willimantic Police Department and the Connecticut State Police.