Two Individuals Sentenced to Federal Prison Terms for Roles in Hartford-Area Drug Trafficking Ring
AUG 17 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two participants in a Hartford-area narcotics distribution conspiracy were sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven,
GUILLERMO RIJO, 46, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On April 15, 2010, RIJO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
JACQUELINE GRAVES, 45, of West Preston Street, Hartford, was sentenced to 80 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On February 22, 2010, GRAVES pleaded guilty to one count conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
This matter stems from “Operation All In,” a long-term Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation into the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Hartford County. A total of 33 individuals have been charged as a result of the investigation, which has also included the seizure of approximately three kilograms of cocaine, one-half kilogram of crack cocaine, 12 firearms, and approximately $800,000 in cash. The Government is seeking the forfeiture of several properties, vehicles and other items that were used during the course of the narcotics trafficking activity.
According to court documents and statements made in court, RIJO was a money courier for a co-conspirator who supplied cocaine, on credit, to Peter Maylor of Newington and Glenn Smith of East Hartford. The investigation revealed that on several occasions, RIJO traveled to Connecticut to collect cash from Maylor and Smith. On March 18, 2009, law enforcement personnel observed RIJO meeting with Smith in Hartford. After the meeting, RIJO was the subject of a traffic stop. A subsequent search of RIJO’s vehicle revealed $65,000 in a hidden compartment.
The cash was seized and has been forfeited to the Government.
GRAVES was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap brokering the sale of crack cocaine between Maylor and a third party. GRAVES also allowed her residence to be used as a point of delivery for narcotics and, on at least one occasion, as a “cook” location where cocaine was converted to crack cocaine.
Maylor and Smith have pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges and await sentencing.
This matter was investigated by a Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, East Hartford, Bloomfield, Bristol, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks Police Departments. Additional assistance has been provided by the East Central Narcotics Task Force, which includes members from the Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury, and Vernon Police Departments; the Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST), and the Hartford Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).