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Two Men Involved in New Haven Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Ring are Sentenced

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two men were sentenced today in Bridgeport federal court for trafficking narcotics.  U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill sentenced STEVEN McCOY, also known as “S Dot,” 26, of Hamden, to 60 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release, and CHRISTOPHER SERRANO, also known as “Mancho,” 35, of Milford, to time served, four years of supervised release, one year of home confinement and a $1,000 fine.

According to court documents and statements, this matter stems from a joint investigation headed by the DEA New Haven Task Force, FBI and New Haven Police Department into a New Haven-based drug trafficking organization that acquired and distributed heroin and cocaine.  On April 19, 2018, a grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging McCoy, Serrano and 17 other individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses.

During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than 500 grams of heroin, more than 300 grams of fentanyl, more than one kilogram of cocaine, three firearms, over $90,000 in cash, vehicles, jewelry and precious metals.

The investigation revealed that McCoy received large quantities of heroin from another member of the conspiracy and sold the drug in smaller amounts to his own customers.

On one occasion, in February 2018, Serrano acted as a middleman for a transaction involving a half-kilogram of cocaine between two other members of the conspiracy.

McCoy and Serrano were arrested on April 25, 2019.

On March 13, 2019, McCoy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  On January 14, 2019, Serrano pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

The DEA New Haven Task Force includes participants from the U.S. Marshals Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Departments.  The Connecticut Department of Correction, Milford Police Department and East Haven Police Department have assisted the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney H. Gordon Hall.

Updated July 8, 2019

Drug Trafficking