BRIDGEPORT MAN INVOLVED IN HEROIN DISTRIBUTION RING SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FRANKIE PINERO, 43, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.
This matter stems from a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation dubbed “Operation Three Amigos,” which targeted a heroin distribution organization based in Bridgeport. The investigation employed several law-enforcement techniques, including the use of confidential informants, controlled purchases of heroin, physical surveillance, and the use of court-authorized wiretaps on cellular telephones utilized by some of the defendants. The investigation revealed that the drug trafficking organization obtained heroin from sources of supply in the New York metropolitan area and distributed it to drug sellers in and around Bridgeport, including PINERO.
During the course of the investigation, DEA Task Force officers seized heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, firearms and vehicles.
A total of 16 individuals have been charged as a result of the investigation.
On September 21, 2011, PINERO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
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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