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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Large-Scale Heroin Trafficking Ring

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RANDY MARCHI, 39, formerly of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a large-scale heroin trafficking ring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation revealed that Ivan Rosario, also known as “Ghost,” headed a Bridgeport-based heroin trafficking organization that, between approximately April 2015 and March 2017, received at least 30 kilograms of heroin that had been transported from Mexico to Bridgeport hidden inside motorcycles equipped with secret compartments.  The organization then distributed the drug in the Bridgeport area. 

Marchi served as the “table manager” for Rosario’s organization, overseeing the processing and packaging of the organization’s heroin for street sale.

On March 16, 2017, a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Rosario, Marchi and five other individuals with heroin trafficking and related offenses.

Marchi has been detained since his arrest on April 1, 2017.  On March 15, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, heroin.

On April 24, 2018, a jury found Rosario guilty of one count of causing or inducing any person to destroy evidence.  The jury could not reach a verdict on one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and found Rosario not guilty of one count of witness tampering and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On July 18, 2019, Judge Bryant sentenced Rosario to 210 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Stratford Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 9, 2020