June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O'Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RICHARD SANDREUTER, age 45, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven on his conviction for possessing cocaine base ("crack" cocaine). Judge Margolis today sentenced SANDREUTER to an 18-month term of probation and ordered him to pay a fine in the amount of $1500. SANDREUTER pleaded guilty to the offense on June 6, 2005.
During the last
week of February 2005, federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested
30 individuals in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and the
Bronx, New York, as part of an investigation
into the distribution of crack cocaine and phencyclidine, otherwise
known as PCP, in southwestern Connecticut. SANDREUTER was arrested
at that time as part of the United States Department of Justice's "Demand
Reduction" initiative, which targets drug purchasers for prosecution.