BRIDGEPORT MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO FEDERAL COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAVIER APONTE, 45, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
This matter stems from a six-month investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Team into a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for the large-scale distribution of heroin, cocaine and oxycodone in and around Bridgeport.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between January and March 2011, APONTE was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap ordering various quantities of cocaine from another member of the conspiracy. APONTE distributed some of the cocaine to others and kept some for his personal use.
A total of 15 individuals have been charged with various federal narcotics distribution offenses as a result of this investigation.
Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for February 9, 2012, at which time APONTE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, and the Bridgeport Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Team. The Task Force is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Stratford and Westport Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and H. Gordon Hall.
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