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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Waterbury Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL MUNN, 55, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for participating in a narcotics conspiracy.

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 included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics, physical and video surveillance, and the execution of multiple search and seizure warrants.  The investigation revealed that Louie McDowell was supplying large quantities of heroin and cocaine to Munn and others, who then sold the drugs to other distributors and drug users.

On January 8, 2019, Munn, McDowell and 10 other individuals were charged in a superseding indictment with various narcotics distribution and firearm distribution offenses.  Munn was arrested on January 15, 2019.  On January 15, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.

Munn, who is released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on August 23.

McDowell, of Seymour, pleaded guilty and, on July 13, 2022, was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment.

The other 10 defendants also pleaded guilty.

This matter has been 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 through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 20, 2022