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Enfield Man Sentenced To 57 Months In Federal Prison For Distributing Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NORMAN BARNABY, 34, of Enfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Smith in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from “Operation Solid Sweep,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Squad into gang-related narcotics trafficking in Hartford’s South End.  The investigation specifically targeted a drug trafficking organization headed by Angel Rosa, also known as “Little” and “Daddy, who is a member of the Los Solidos street gang.  Rosa’s cousin, Angel Rosa, also known as “Mo Betta” and “Fab,” supervised the daily operations of the organization, which distributed heroin and other narcotics in the Zion Street area.

As a result of the investigation, 21 individuals were charged with various federal offenses, and law enforcement officers seized narcotics, one firearm, approximately $230,000 in cash, eight vehicles and jewelry.

The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance, revealed that BARNABY regularly purchased distribution quantities of heroin from other members of the conspiracy.

BARNABY has been detained since his arrest on April 11, 2013.  On October 17, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute heroin.

BARNABY’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions, including a previous federal conviction related to his role in a conspiracy to trade firearms in exchange for heroin.  In August 2006, he was sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment for that offense.

Angel Rosa, aka “Little” and “Daddy,” and Angel Rosa, aka “Mo Betta” and “Fab,” have each pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the Connecticut State Police, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut Department of Correction and Connecticut National Guard.  The Connecticut State Police’s Emergency Services Unit, Hartford Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Capital Region Emergency Response Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the New Britain, East Hartford, Wethersfield and Manchester Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Leaming and Patrick Caruso.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015