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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Bridgeport Heroin Distributor Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RAY FONTANEZ, also known as “Pun,” 34, of Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department began investigating individuals who were distributing narcotics in and around Bridgeport.  The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of narcotics, resulted in federal charges against 19 defendants and the seizure of narcotics, items used to process and package drugs for street sale, eight firearms, and more than $360,000 in cash.  Fontanez was intercepted over a wiretap discussing the acquisition and distribution of heroin with Luis Martinez.  The conversations revealed that Fontanez, who sold heroin to his own customers, was helping Martinez transition from the sale of cocaine and opioid pills to the sale of heroin.

Fontanez was arrested on January 15, 2019.  On December 20, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Martinez, also known as “Macho,” of Stratford, pleaded guilty to narcotics distribution and firearm offenses and, on January 26, 2021, was sentenced to 63 months of imprisonment.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, and the Stratford, Norwalk, Seymour and Trumbull Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen L. Peck and Patrick J. Doherty through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 15, 2022