States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|March 16, 2010||
EAST HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING COCAINE
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN CRISANTI, 48, of Venice Place, East Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, for selling cocaine. Judge Underhill also imposed a $6000 fine. On August 31, 2009, CRISANTI pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Brass Deal,” which was spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force in New Haven. As a result of the investigation, a total of 16 individuals have been charged with various narcotics offenses related to the large-scale distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone in New Haven, East Haven, Branford, West Haven and other towns in New Haven County. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than $75,000 in cash, more than one kilogram of cocaine and approximately 750 grams of crack cocaine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between February and April 2009, CRISANTI was involved in the purchase and distribution of between 300 and 400 grams of cocaine. At the time of his arrest on June 16, 2009, law enforcement officers seized more than 135 grams of cocaine from his residence.
This matter was investigated by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, which is composed of representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Haven Police Department, the Ansonia Police Department, the Milford Police Department, the East Haven Police Department, the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert M. Spector and Christopher M. Mattei.
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