News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Eastern Connecticut Cocaine Trafficker
Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

OCT 26 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TIMOTHY SCZUREK, 31, of Lebanon, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. On January 18, 2008, SCZUREK pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a DEA-led joint law enforcement investigation into drug trafficking in eastern Connecticut. The investigation included controlled purchases of cocaine from SCZUREK and court-authorized wiretaps of phones used by SCZUREK and others. SCZUREK was arrested on June 25, 2007, at which time law enforcement executed search warrants and seized narcotics and more than $14,000 in cash from SCZUREK’s residence and storage facilities he utilized.

Following SCZUREK’s arrest, and while he was incarcerated, investigators became aware that SCZUREK still had control of nearly five kilograms of cocaine that he had hidden in a storage facility and was planning to deliver to a third person through Marie Benson, the mother of his child. On August 23, 2007, Benson was arrested while delivering the cocaine at SCZUREK’s direction.

On May 14, 2008, Benson was sentenced to approximately nine months of imprisonment, time served.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division; the Connecticut State Police; and the Norwich, New London, City of Groton, Town of Groton, Waterford, Stonington and Willimantic Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and John H. Durham, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Paul Narducci of the New London States Attorney’s Office.