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District of Connecticut

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stamford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD ROTANTE, 57, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 18, 2017, Stamford Police arrested ROTANTE on the basis of three sales of cocaine that ROTANTE had made to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.  On that date, a search of ROTANTE’s person, residence and two of his vehicles revealed approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, items used to process and package narcotics, and $68,923 in cash.

On December 5, 2017, ROTANTE pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

ROTANTE has a previous federal conviction for distributing cocaine.  On April 25, 2007, he was sentenced in New Haven federal court to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, eight months of home confinement, and a fine of $3,500.

ROTANTE, who is released on a $150,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on July 11, 2018.

This matter was investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Stamford State’s Attorney’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Karwan.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 30, 2018