NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR ROLE IN DRUG TRAFFICKING RING
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICARDO AQUINO, also known as “Ricky,” 23, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics in New Haven.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit, began an intensive investigation into drug dealing in the vicinity of 36 Maltby Place in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, law enforcement surveillance, and controlled purchases of crack cocaine and cocaine from a number of individuals, revealed that AQUINO regularly supplied cocaine and crack cocaine to individuals who, in turn, sold the drugs to customers in the vicinity of Maltby Place.
On November 4, 2011, a search of AQUINO’s residence, place of employment and vehicle revealed gross weights of approximately 365 grams of cocaine and approximately 22 grams of crack cocaine, as well as drug packaging materials.
On February 15, 2012, AQUINO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and quantities of cocaine and heroin.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit. The Stamford Police Department has provided critical assistance to the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.
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