News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New Haven Heroin Dealer Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Federal Prison

NOV 12 -- 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, today announced that ROBERTO PABON, also known as “Mazda,” 44, of Hallock Street, New Haven, was sentenced yesterday, November 3, by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release.

In the fall of 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated “Operation King of the Hill,” an investigation into a heroin and crack cocaine trafficking organization operating in New Haven.  According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation included controlled purchases of heroin, physical surveillance and the use of court-authorized wiretaps on wireless phones known to be used by targets of the investigation.  The investigation revealed that the organization regularly obtained bulk quantities of pre-packaged “bundles” of heroin, principally from a New York source-of-supply.  The heroin was then distributed through a network of mid-level dealers, including PABON.

A total of 20 individuals have been charged as a result of the investigation.  On July 15, 2009, PABON pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a detectable amount of heroin.

This matter was investigated by the New Haven Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, including DEA agents and officers from the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Shelton, Hamden, Branford and Ansonia Police Departments.