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New York Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

HARTFORD, CT. – Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that QUENIDA ANDELIZ, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for her role in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy. ANDELIZ also was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $12,500.

On January 25, 2011, a jury found ANDELIZ guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to the evidence presented during her trial and statements made during previous court proceedings, ANDELIZ and her husband, Raul Fabian, supplied cocaine to Aaron Thompson and his wife, Shurika Rosado-Thompson, of Bridgeport. From November 2008 to May 2009, ANDELIZ and Fabian met with the Thompsons several times in both the New York area and in Bridgeport to sell cocaine to the Thompsons. ANDELIZ drove a car registered in her name to several of these meetings. Law enforcement agents subsequently discovered that the car had a hidden trap underneath its back seat.

The DEA Task Force investigation of this matter, which included controlled purchases of narcotics and court-authorized wiretaps over several telephones, revealed that Thompson converted or “cooked” the cocaine he received into crack cocaine. Thompson then employed other individuals to distribute the crack to customers located primarily in the Danbury area.

On January 6, 2011, Raul Fabian pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. On May 12, 2011, he was sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment.

Aaron Thompson and Shurika Rosado-Thompson each pleaded guilty and were subsequently sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment and 32 months of imprisonment, respectively.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which includes representatives from the Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Stratford and Bridgeport Police Departments – in cooperation with the Danbury Police Special Investigations Division. The New Milford Police Department also assisted in the investigation.


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