BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN THREE
YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSE SANDO, 62, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by four 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, in early 2011, SANDO was intercepted over court authorized wiretaps ordering distribution quantities of cocaine from a narcotics supplier based in the Bronx, N.Y. The narcotics supplier regularly traveled to Bridgeport to deliver cocaine to SANDO, and heroin and cocaine to other targets of the investigation.
At the time of his arrest on April 4, 2011, SANDO was found in possession of approximately 59 grams of cocaine, prescription narcotics and narcotics packaging materials.
On December 22, 2011, SANDO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Fifteen individuals have been charged with various federal narcotics distribution offenses as a result of this investigation.
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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