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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Bridgeport Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HARRY BLAKE, also known as “Harry-O” and “O,” 37, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 168 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2015, the FBI’s Bridgeport State Streets Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation into several heroin distributors operating in Bridgeport.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of heroin and physical surveillance, revealed that Kareem Roseboro, also known as “Swiss,” was supplying heroin to other distributors, including Blake.  Roseboro, Blake and others used the Stylz Barbershop, located on State Street in Bridgeport, as a hub for their narcotics distribution activity.

Between March and July 2015, investigators made multiple controlled purchases of heroin, and on one occasion, crack cocaine, from Blake.

During the course of the investigation, investigators seized multiple “bricks” of heroin, items used in the processing and packaging of heroin, and five firearms.  A brick of heroin contains 100 individual dose bags.

On June 6, 2016, a grand jury in Bridgeport returned an eight-count indictment charging Blake, Roseboro and five other Bridgeport residents with heroin trafficking offenses.  The seven defendants were arrested on June 7, 2016.  An eighth defendant was added in a superseding indictment.

Blake has been detained since his arrest.  On October 31, 2018, a jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Blake’s criminal history dates to 1999 and includes state convictions for firearm, drug, assault, threatening and larceny offenses.

Roseboro pleaded guilty to related offenses and awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, Stratford Police Department, Stamford Police Department and the Trumbull Police Department K-9 Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina M. Reynolds and H. Gordon Hall.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated June 26, 2019