FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2005
MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 7 YEARS ON FEDERAL DRUG, GUN OFFENSES
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration
for New England and Kevin J. O'Connor, United States Attorney for the
District of Connecticut, today announced that JULIO GUZMAN, age 28, of
1 Lenore Drive,Norwalk, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday, August
16, by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport
to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release,
for attempting to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and for
possessing a firearm in furtherance of that offense. GUZMAN pleaded guilty
to the charges on March 17, 2005.
This prosecution was part of a larger Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement
Force ("OCDETF") investigation dubbed "Operation
Goal Tender," which was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration
in Bridgeport. As detailed in court proceedings, the investigation targeted a
group that was responsible for receiving large quantities of cocaine directly
from Colombia and then arranging for its distribution in New York and Connecticut.
GUZMAN's association with members of this organization led to his arrest on November
16, 2004. GUZMAN attempted to purchase approximately 400 pounds of marijuana
from an individual who was cooperating with the DEA. As further detailed in court
proceedings, when GUZMAN arrived at the pre-determined location to take possession
of the marijuana, he had $100,000 in cash with him that was to be used as an
initial down payment for the drugs. GUZMAN was also wearing a bullet-proof vest
and was armed with a loaded 9mm firearm that was holstered to his waist.
GUZMAN has been incarcerated since the date of his guilty plea.
U.S. Attorney O'Connor commended the law enforcement agents and
officers who conducted the investigation and praised their devoted
efforts to identify, disrupt and dismantle this drug trafficking
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force,
which is located in Bridgeport and is comprised of DEA special agents, officers
from several local police departments, including Norwalk, as well as members
of the Connecticut State Police.