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Norwalk Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Drug 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 DONALD LAWLOR, 40, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for his role in a southern Connecticut drug trafficking organization.  

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department began investigating individuals who were distributing narcotics in and around Bridgeport.  The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of narcotics, resulted in federal charges against 19 defendants and the seizure of narcotics, items used to process and package drugs for street sale, eight firearms, and more than $360,000 in cash.

Lawlor was intercepted numerous times on recorded calls assisting the drug trafficking activities of an associate who, from at least January 2017 until November 2019, was distributing heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, other opioids, cocaine and crack in and around Bridgeport.

Lawlor was arrested on November 8, 2018.  On September 11, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of use of a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking offense.

Lawlor, who is released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on September 30, 2020.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, as well as the DEA, Connecticut State Police, and the Stratford, Norwalk, Seymour and Trumbull Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen L. Peck and Patrick J. Doherty.

Updated August 24, 2020

Drug Trafficking