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WATERBURY MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL
PRISON FOR ROLE IN OXYCODONE TRAFFICKING RING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2012

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRUCE YAZDZIK, also known as “YB,” 29, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking 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 for profit to various Connecticut-based narcotics dealers.  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 revealed that YAZDZIK purchased thousands of oxycodone pills from the Florida narcotics trafficker on a weekly basis.  YAZDZIK then sold the pills to his own customers, or distributed them to others who sold them on his behalf.

YAZDZIK has been detained since his arrest on September 13, 2011.  On April 27, 2012, he 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.

This case is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant United States Attorneys Rahul Kale and Tracy Lee Dayton.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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