Two Waterbury Residents Face Federal Cocaine Distribution Charges
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, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport has returned a 10-count Indictment charging MARLON SPAULDING, age 29, and VANESSA AMARAL, age 21, both of 2731 North Main Street, Apartment 2, Waterbury, Connecticut, with conspiring to distribute and distributing cocaine between May and August 2005. The Indictment was returned yesterday, September 21.
If convicted, SPAULDING would face a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of life and a fine of up to $4,000,000. If convicted, AMARAL would face a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000.
The Indictment also contains criminal forfeiture allegations pertaining to three vehicles that were used by SPAULDING and AMARAL to facilitate the commission of narcotics offenses.
United States Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.