NEW HAVEN COCAINE TRAFFICKER
SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NICOLAS CASANOVA-DEJESUS, 29, of Fairmont Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for selling cocaine.
On January 12, 2012, CASANOVA-DEJESUS, one of 26 defendants charged in an FBI wiretap investigation, pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute. As part of his guilty plea, CASANOVA-DEJESUS admitted that he distributed between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine to other individuals who, in turn, sold the cocaine to others.
Today, Judge Hall also ordered CASANOVA-DEJESUS to forfeit $7773 that was seized during a search of his residence on December 18, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Fein commended the FBI special agents and the members of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers from the Hamden, Milford and New Haven Police Departments, as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, all of who collaborated on this investigation. The West Haven Police Department also provided valuable assistance to the investigation that led to the charges filed in this case.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. Runowicz.
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