New London Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison
JAN 21 - 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 LUIS OJEDA, also known as “Louie Lou,” 44, of New London, was sentenced yesterday, January 20, by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 150 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine. On October 10, 2008, a federal jury found OJEDA guilty of one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one count of possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
According to the evidence disclosed during the trial, in early 2007, a Drug Enforcement Adminstration-led federal state and local task force initiated an investigation into the large-scale trafficking of cocaine in eastern Connecticut. The investigation included the use of physical surveillance, controlled purchases of cocaine, the use of GPS tracking devices, and court-authorized wiretaps. During the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately nine kilograms of cocaine and more than $35,000 in cash.
The evidence a trial proved that OJEDA was a large scale distributor of cocaine. Over a period of approximately two years, OJEDA purchased more than 20 kilograms of cocaine from co-defendant Anthony Morse of Gales Ferry, which he sold to customers. Near the end of the conspiracy, when Morse was having trouble procuring cocaine from his sources, Morse began to obtain cocaine through OJEDA, who had alternate sources of supply.
Judge Thompson also ordered OJEDA to forfeit to the Government $19,309 in cash that was seized from him during the course of the investigation.
OJEDA has been detained since October 10, 2008.
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. On January 10, 2010, Morse was sentenced to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, the Norwich Police Department, the New London Police Department, the City of Groton Police Department, the Town of Groton Police Department and the Willimantic Police Department.