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West Haven Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Crack Cocaine Trafficking Offense

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY SABATO, 57, of West Haven, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to trafficking crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately March 2013 to March 2015, SABATO conspired to distribute crack cocaine.  During the investigation of this matter, an undercover officer purchased crack from SABATO and a co-defendant. 

SABATO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), an offense that that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on September 30, 2015.

SABATO has been detained since his arrest on March 24, 2015.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the West Haven Police Department and the Darien Police Department.  The Task Force includes personnel from the FBI, West Haven Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Milford Police Department and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Lee Dayton.

Updated July 6, 2015