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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Head Of New Haven Heroin Distribution Ring Sentenced To Six Years In Federal Prison

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TARULUS GLASS, also known as “Dred,” 39, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

This matter stems from a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation dubbed “Operation Brick House,” which targeted a heroin distribution organization based in New Haven that was headed by GLASS.  The investigation employed several law-enforcement techniques, including the use of confidential informants, controlled purchases of heroin, physical surveillance, and the use of court-authorized wiretaps on cellular telephones utilized by some of the defendants.

The investigation revealed that GLASS and his associates obtained prepackaged heroin from sources of supply in the New York metropolitan area and distributed it to drug sellers in and around New Haven.

During the course of the investigation, DEA Task Force officers seized heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, four firearms and three vehicles.

On March 2, 2011, GLASS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Eleven individuals were charged as a result of the investigation.  All have pleaded guilty.

This matter was investigated by the DEA New Haven Task Force, which includes participants from the New Haven, Meriden, Hamden, West Haven, Branford and Ansonia Police Departments, and the United States Marshals Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick F. Caruso and H. Gordon Hall.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015