News Release
For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Waterbury Crack Dealer Sentenced to 80 Months in Federal Prison

JUL 08 -- 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 NICHOLAS ROJAS, 42, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 80 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his participation in a Waterbury-based narcotics distribution ring.

On May 16, 2008, a jury found ROJAS guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”) and two counts of using a telephone to facilitate the possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. ROJAS was found not guilty of one count of using a telephone to facilitate the possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base.

This matter stems from a collaborative long-term investigation into the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in central Connecticut. The evidence at trial revealed that Luis A. Colon, also known as “Anthony,” was one of the largest suppliers of cocaine in Waterbury. ROJAS was a street level dealer in Colon’s drug trafficking organization and sold crack cocaine for Colon in the High Street neighborhood. Wiretapped phone calls indicated that ROJAS had a customer base to whom he sold crack that he frequently received on credit from Colon.

On July 12, 2007, Colon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He awaits sentencing.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Waterbury Police Department and the Meriden Police Department