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

Fairfield County Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison

DEC 08 -- 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 MICHAEL DANZI, 32, of Greenwich, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in a marijuana trafficking ring.  On May 5, 2009, DANZI pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of conspiracy to smuggle bulk cash out of the United States.

According to court documents and statements made in court, MICHAEL DANZI, his brother Brian Danzi, and others participated in a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for transporting shipments of high-quality hydroponic marijuana from Canada to southwestern Connecticut for distribution in and around Fairfield County.  The investigation revealed that the organization imported hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the United States over several years, and that the DANZIs sold approximately 30 pounds of the marijuana per month at a wholesale cost of approximately $4,000 per pound.  The proceeds of the marijuana distribution were then routed back to Canada.

During the course of the investigation, federal agents seized nearly $800,000 that was being smuggled to Canada.  The seized cash, as well as two Mercedes Benz automobiles and three all-terrain vehicles owned by the DANZIs have been forfeited to the Government.

On May 5, 2009, Brian Danzi pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of distribution of marijuana.  He awaits sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Dannehy commended the investigation of this matter that was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Greenwich, Stratford, Stamford, Norwalk, and Naugatuck Police Departments.