NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO 13 MONTHS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING HEROIN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRUCE DAIS, 30, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 13 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force initiated an investigation into a series of suspected heroin overdose cases in the greater New Haven area, including one that resulted in the death of a woman in Milford on August 16, 2011.
The investigation revealed that, in the summer of 2011, Ralston Williams and others rented hotel rooms in the New Haven area and sold prepackaged heroin to a variety of customers. For a short time, DAIS served as a “runner” for Williams, and he allowed Williams to use his New Haven residence as a base to sell drugs.
DAIS was arrested on September 7, 2011, after Task Force agents observed him conducting hand-to-hand drug transactions in the parking area of his condominium complex on Foxon Boulevard in New Haven. Williams also was arrested at that time after agents encountered him inside DAIS’s residence in possession of approximately 140 bags of heroin and 40 bags of crack cocaine packaged for sale. Several of the heroin bags that Williams possessed had the same brand stamp as those found in the overdose victim’s purse and residence after her death.
On April 25, 2012, DAIS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
On May 29, 2012, a federal jury found Williams guilty of heroin and crack cocaine distribution charges. He awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the Milford Police Department, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport and Stamford Police Departments.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Peter Markle.
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