APR 01 (NEW HAVEN, Conn.) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Oves St. Orbin Wright, 56, of Massapequa, N.Y., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking marijuana.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 19, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agents in western Texas conducted a search of a tractor trailer and discovered approximately 315 pounds of marijuana secreted in a shipping crate. CBP agents contacted DEA agents in El Paso who determined that the crate was destined for a shipping facility in Enfield, Conn. On May 29, 2013, Connecticut DEA agents established surveillance at the Enfield shipping facility and observed Wright and Kevin J. Dunbar unpack the crate, load the contents into a van and travel to a storage facility in East Hartford where they were arrested.
On October 22, 2013, Wright pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. Dunbar, of Manchester, Conn., pleaded guilty to the same charge on October 23, 2013, and awaits sentencing.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.