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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Possessing Marijuana & $1 Million in Drug Money

BOSTON – A Connecticut man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Springfield in connection with distributing marijuana.

Connor Cipolla, 31, of Granby, Conn., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to one year and one day in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $15,000.  In February 2016, Cipolla pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana involving between 100 and 400 kilograms of marijuana.

In October 2014, Cipolla drove to his storage locker at Uncle Bob’s Storage in Agawam. While there, he saw federal agents conducting a search of another locker.  Mistakenly believing that agents were searching his locker, Cipolla immediately fled by car, eventually abandoning his car in an effort to evade police.  Agents later obtained a search warrant for Cipolla’s storage locker and discovered over $1 million in cash and 111 pounds of marijuana. 

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis; and Southwick Police Chief David A. Ricardi, made the announcement today.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 26, 2016