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BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO
FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING COCAINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAVIER APONTE, 45, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for distributing cocaine.

This matter stems from a six-month investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area 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.

On November 22, 2011, APONTE pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

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.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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