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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 16, 2013

Former New Fairfield Resident Sentenced To 42 Months In Federal Prison For Trafficking Marijuana


Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAYMOND MASSAGLI, 31, formerly of New Fairfield, Conn. and Somerset, Mass., was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 42 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for trafficking marijuana.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a Drug Enforcement Administration and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force investigation into a large-scale marijuana growing and trafficking organization that operated in the greater Danbury area and had ties to New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  Between June 2011 and June 2012, the drug trafficking organization conspired to manufacture, sell, and distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, revealed that Nicolas Calamaras of New Fairfield was distributing marijuana to numerous individuals in the Danbury area.  Beginning in April 2012, investigators learned that MASSAGLI sold large quantities of marijuana to Calamaras, partnered with Calamaras to sell marijuana to co-defendant and Vermont resident Weston Robinson, bought marijuana plants from Calamaras to begin his own grow house operation, and conspired with Calamaras and others to expand their narcotics trafficking activities.

MASSAGLI was arrested on July 2, 2012.  On May 29, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

MASSAGLI has been detained since July 16, 2013, after he violated conditions of his release and his bond was revoked.

Thirteen individuals were charged a result of the investigation, during which investigators seized marijuana, more than $520,000 in cash, 10 firearms, vehicles and real property.

As part of his sentence, MASSAGLI was ordered to forfeit his 2008 Nissan Titan SE pickup truck.
Calamaras has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.  Robinson also pleaded guilty and, on July 31, 2013, he was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force Northwest Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tracy L. Dayton and David X. Sullivan.

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