WATERBURY MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN PILL TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BERNARD FAMIGLIETTI, 49, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute oxycodone.
This matter stems from “Operation Blue Coast,” an investigation headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force into the large-scale trafficking of oxycodone pills from Florida to Connecticut. The investigation revealed that an individual regularly purchased oxycodone from suppliers in Florida, transported the oxycodone to Connecticut by commercial airline or automobile, and sold the pills to various Connecticut-based narcotics dealers. The narcotics trafficker traveled from Florida to Connecticut several times a week carrying up to 8000 oxycodone pills per trip. He then used drivers to transport him to and from narcotics transactions during which he would sell all of the pills he transported from Florida. After exchanging low-denomination currency for larger notes, he transported the proceeds of his oxycodone sales from Connecticut to Florida, either by having a courier drive the money or by using commercial airline flights.
The investigation further revealed that the Florida resident purchased oxycodone pills in Florida for approximately $5.00 per pill, and sold the pills to Connecticut-based dealers for between $10.50 and $13.00 per pill. The Connecticut-based dealers, in turn, sold the pills to lower-level dealers and drug customers for between $23.00 and $30.00 per pill.
On April 20, 2011, FAMIGLIETTI was arrested after he arrived at a parking lot in Waterbury in possession of $44,000 with the intent to purchase 4,100 oxycodone tablets from the Florida resident who, at the time, was cooperating with law enforcement. FAMIGLIETTI had been hired by another alleged member of the conspiracy to consummate the transaction on his behalf.
On October 18, 2011, FAMIGLIETTI pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.
Twenty individuals, including two law enforcement officers and three Transportation Security Agency officers, have been charged as a result of this investigation. As to the defendants who are awaiting trial, charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, which includes personnel from the Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport Police Departments; the Drug Enforcement Administration in Florida and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. In addition, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Greenwich, Monroe, Danbury and Waterbury Police Departments have assisted the investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein also acknowledged the cooperation of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the Florida Highway Patrol, and the substantial assistance provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
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