WATERBURY MAN ADMITS ROLE
OXYCODONE TRAFFICKING RING
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PATRICK SERAFINE, 27, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent 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 purchased oxycodone pills in Florida for approximately $5.00 per pill, and traveled from Florida to Connecticut several times a week carrying up to 8,000 oxycodone pills per trip. He then used drivers to transport him to and from narcotics transactions during which he would sell the pills to Connecticut-based dealers for between $10.50 and $13.00 per pill. 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 Connecticut-based dealers sold the pills to lower-level dealers and drug customers for between $23.00 and $30.00 per pill.
On April 8, 2011, the DEA Task Force arrested the Florida resident, who was in possession of approximately 6,000 oxycodone pills, in a hotel in Stamford. On that date, the narcotics trafficker told law enforcement that he had arranged to sell a portion of those pills to SERAFINE at a hotel in Greenwich. DEA Task Force officers traveled to the hotel and encountered SERAFINE, who was in possession of $44,500 in cash. Officers also searched SERAFINE’s 2003 Honda Element and discovered a hidden compartment, or “trap,” commonly used to store narcotics or contraband. SERAFINE was not arrested at that time, but the DEA Task Force seized the cash and his vehicle.
SERAFINE subsequently arranged to purchase 4,100 oxycodone pills from the narcotics trafficker and hired his uncle, Bernard Famiglietti, to consummate the transaction on his behalf. On April 20, 2011, Famiglietti was arrested after he arrived at a parking lot in Waterbury in possession of $44,000 in cash with the intent to purchase the 4,100 oxycodone tablets from the Florida resident.
SERAFINE has been detained since his arrest on September 13, 2011.
As part of his plea, SERAFINE has agreed to forfeit his 2003 Honda Element and $84,500 in cash.
On October 18, 2011, Famiglietti pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. On April 11, 2012, he was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.
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.
This case is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant United States Attorneys Rahul Kale and Tracy Lee Dayton.
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