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New Haven Woman Pleads Guilty to Role in Heroin, Cocaine and Crack Conspiracy

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JENNA DEFELICE, 35, of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding occurred via videoconference.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad revealed that Defelice’s associate, Musa Hill, was obtaining cocaine from a source in the Bronx, New York, and heroin from a source in New Haven.  He converted some of the cocaine he received into crack cocaine, and then sold the narcotics to customers.  He also provided narcotics to Defelice who distributed them to customers on his behalf.

During the investigation, law enforcement made controlled purchases of crack, heroin and hundreds of counterfeit oxycodone pills from Hill.  The vast majority of the counterfeit pills contained fentanyl.

Defelice was arrested on June 25, 2019, and is currently released on a $100,000 bond.

Defelice pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, controlled substances, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Judge Thompson scheduled sentencing for October 1, 2020.

On November 20, 2019, Hill pleaded guilty to the same offense.  On March 5, 2020, Judge Thompson sentenced him to 72 months of imprisonment.

This case has been investigated by the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, which includes officers from the Bristol, Hamden, Meriden, Monroe, New Britain, New Haven, Wallingford, Watertown and West Haven Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer R. Laraia and H. Gordon Hall.

Updated July 9, 2020

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