News Release
April 6, 2006

New York Man Involved in Multi-Kilogram Cocaine Case
Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison

APR 6--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 ADOLFO PAULINO, age 53, formerly of 303 188th Street, Bronx, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

        On June 18, 2003, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment against PAULINO, charging him and others with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine arising out of an investigation that led to the seizure of more than 70 kilograms of cocaine in Norwalk, Connecticut on October 17, 2001.  Five other individuals were arrested and have been convicted as a result of the investigation.

        On December 4, 2003, PAULINO pleaded guilty to the cocaine conspiracy charge in the Indictment.  He also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine arising from the seizure of hundreds of grams of cocaine from his residence at the time of his arrest on the conspiracy charge.  PAULINO has been in federal custody since the time of his guilty plea.

        This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Norwalk Police Department.