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New Haven Woman Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Heroin Trafficking Ring

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WANDA PISCIL, 52, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad targeted a New Haven-based heroin trafficking organization led by Bienvenido Gonzalez, also known as “Antonio” and “Julian,” and his brother, Antonio Gonzalez, also known as “Bienve.”  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical and video surveillance, revealed that the Gonzalez brothers regularly purchased bulk quantities of heroin from suppliers located in the Bronx, New York, and sold the heroin through a network of redistributors, including PISCIL, in New Haven and elsewhere.

The investigation resulted in federal charges against 24 individuals.

PISCIL was arrested on March 16, 2017.  On November 1, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribution of, heroin. 

Bienvenido and Antonio Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty to related charges and await sentencing.

The DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad includes officers from the Bristol, Hamden, Milford, Monroe, New Haven, Shelton, Wallingford and Wilton Police Departments.  The New Haven, East Haven and West Haven Police Departments, together with the U.S. Coast Guard, provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha M. Freismuth and Patrick F. Caruso.

Updated January 29, 2018

Drug Trafficking