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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bridgeport Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that AMONDA MENDEZ, also known as “M-Dot” and “Dot,” 25, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.

This matter stems from an investigation headed by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Stamford Police Department, with the assistance of the Fairfield Police Department.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in January 2015, Stamford Police received information that MENDEZ was distributing a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and oxycodone in Stamford.  Between February and April 2015, the DEA Task Force conducted four controlled purchases of narcotics from MENDEZ.  A subsequent court-authorized wiretap confirmed that MENDEZ was distributing heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, including Percocet and Xanax.

MENDEZ was arrested on May 17, 2016, after the wiretap revealed that she was injured the previous day in a shoot-out with another individual and she might be preparing to retaliate further.  A search of MENDEZ’s Bridgeport apartment on the day of her arrest revealed the handgun she used in the shooting incident, a sawed-off shotgun, narcotics, and approximately $10,000 in cash.  In addition, a search of her vehicle revealed a bulletproof vest.

MENDEZ has been detained since her arrest.  On November 19, 2015, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force includes members from the Bridgeport, Stamford, Stratford, Norwalk, Milford and Trumbull Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.

This case was prosecuted Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy C. Brown.

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Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated June 23, 2016