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Stratford Man Admits Role in Heroin Trafficking Operation

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

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NADYAR MALAKA, 34, of Stratford, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation revealed that Eddy Antonio Torres Morel was trafficking narcotics from Big Daddy’s Deli and Jamal’s Market, two stores he operated on East Main Street in Bridgeport.  During the investigation, law enforcement made two controlled purchases of a half-kilogram of heroin from Torres, first at Jamal’s Market on October 29, 2019, and then at Big Daddy’s Deli on January 24, 2020.

Malaka assisted Torres’ drug trafficking operation by storing and packaging narcotics at his residence, storing drug proceeds at his residence, and transporting narcotics and drug proceeds to Torres and others.

The investigation also revealed that Malaka engaged in the interstate trafficking of untaxed cigarettes.

Malaka was arrested on February 27, 2020.  He is released on a $250,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for October 14, 2021, in Hartford federal court.

Torres, 50, of Meriden, pleaded guilty to the same charge on June 28, 2021.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Stamford Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo.

Updated July 21, 2021

Drug Trafficking