States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 25, 2010||
BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DEALING COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ABNER TORRES, 29, of Seaview Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in a Bridgeport-based narcotics trafficking ring. On November 6, 2009, TORRES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
This matter stems from “Operation G-Force,” a joint law enforcement investigation into Bridgeport-area narcotics trafficking headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. The year-long investigation, which led to the indictment of 46 individuals, included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine, crack and heroin, and physical surveillance.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately January 2002 to February 2009, George Sanchez headed a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine distribution ring operating in Bridgeport. Using the U.S. Mail and other shipping services, Sanchez had, on average, two kilograms of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to various residences in Bridgeport each week. The cocaine was wrapped and secreted inside electronic devices such as VCRs, clothing, and other items. Once the packages were received in Bridgeport, Sanchez and his associates would process some of the cocaine into crack cocaine, and package the cocaine and crack cocaine for distribution to other narcotics traffickers in the Bridgeport area.
TORRES served as a broker or middleman who would facilitate kilogram-sized deliveries of cocaine between suppliers based in Puerto Rico and members of the Sanchez conspiracy. TORRES has admitted that he transacted between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine for the Sanchez conspiracy.
Sanchez previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. On May 26, 2010, Judge Hall sentenced him to 330 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release
This matter was investigated by members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which is composed of federal agents and state and local officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force, and the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Fairfield, Trumbull and Norwalk Police Departments. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hal Chen and Dave Vatti.
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