STAMFORD, 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, announced that CARLOS MARTE SANTOS, also known as “Julio Cesar Santos,” “Cesar” and “Shorty,” 40, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in the Bronx, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 124 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for supplying cocaine to a southwestern Connecticut drug trafficking network.
This matter stems from “Operation Big Loot,” a six-month investigation spearheaded by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. As a result of the investigation, 52 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Stamford area. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $165,000 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, two kilograms of crack cocaine, five firearms and several vehicles.
According to court documents and statements made in court, SANTOS supplied cocaine to several Stamford-area drug dealers.
At the time of his arrest on December 2, 2009, SANTOS possessed approximately 425 grams of powder cocaine and 226 grams of crack cocaine. He also possessed several pieces of identification with different names.
On May 4, 2010, SANTOS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”) and a quantity of powder cocaine.
SANTOS has been detained since his arrest.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien, Greenwich and Danbury Police Departments assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants.