BRIDGEPORT, CT. – Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found Quenida Andeliz, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. The jury returned the verdict today after deliberating for approximately two hours.
According to the evidence presented during the trial and statements made during previous court proceedings, Andeliz and her husband, Raul Fabian, supplied cocaine to Aaron Thompson and his wife, Shurika Rosado-Thompson, of Bridgeport. From November 2008 to May 2009, Andeliz and Fabian met with the Thompsons several times in both the New York area and in Bridgeport to sell cocaine to the Thompsons. Andeliz drove a car registered in her name to several of these meetings. Law enforcement agents subsequently discovered that the car had a hidden trap underneath its back seat.
The DEA Task Force investigation of this matter, which included controlled purchases of narcotics and court-authorized wiretaps over several telephones, revealed that Thompson converted or “cooked” the cocaine he received into crack cocaine. Thompson then employed other individuals to distribute the crack to customers located primarily in the Danbury area.
Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson has scheduled sentencing for April 12, 2011, at which time Andeliz faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of 40 years.
On January 6, 2011, Raul Fabian pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29, 2011.
On June 10, 2010, Thompson was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment.
Rosado-Thompson has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which includes representatives from the Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Stratford and Bridgeport Police Departments – in cooperation with the Danbury Police Special Investigations Division. The New Milford Police Department also assisted in the investigation.