States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|March 17, 2010||
WEST HAVEN MAN INVOLVED IN COCAINE CONSPIRACY IS SENTENCED
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GERALD MONTANARI, 52, of Ellyn Court, West Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to three years of probation for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. MONTANARI pleaded guilty to the charge on October 2, 2009.
This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force 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 March 2009, MONTANARI was involved in the purchase and distribution of between 50 and 100 grams of cocaine.
MONTANARI has no prior felony convictions.
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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