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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2002

DEA ANNOUNCES THE ARREST OF
HIGH-LEVEL MARIJUANA TRAFFICKER
David Wilson Allegedly Distributed 1,000 Kilos of Marijuana

Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's New England Field Division, Mark R. Trouville and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, John A. Danaher III, announced the unsealing of an indictment and the arrest of DAVID WILSON, A/K/A/ "Struggle," 39 of 245 Brooklawn Avenue, Bridgeport, as part of Operation Brass Pot, a nationwide marijuana trafficking investigation. On May 14, 2002, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven charged WILSON with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from January 1989 through August 2000.

WILSON was arrested yesterday at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he deplaned from a flight originating from Jamaica. WILSON was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals, and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. WILSON was presented in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Steven Gold in the Eastern District of New York. He will be extradited to Connecticut.

U.S. Attorney Danaher explained that the indictment resulted from a four-year investigation in Connecticut, New York, Arizona and Florida of a marijuana and cocaine transportation ring that has supplied marijuana and cocaine to distributors in Connecticut for several years. Over twenty-five individuals have been arrested and charged on both federal and state charges during the course of this investigation. In addition, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Connecticut State Police have seized over 1,500 pounds of marijuana, over $800,000 in U.S. currency, five vehicles and several weapons.

The drug trafficking offense carries a penalty of not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, followed by a term of court supervised release of five years and as much as life, and a fine up to $4,000,000. Mr. Danaher stated that the indictment seeks the forfeiture of $715,000.00 in alleged narcotics proceeds.

United States Attorney Danaher stressed that the indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial where the United States has the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mr. Danaher praised the work of the agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Deputy United States Marshals in Connecticut and New York, who tracked down WILSON and arrested him at the airport. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael R. Sklaire and Robert Spector are prosecuting the case.

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