News Release
April 20, 2006

DEA Task Force Busts Bridgeport Cocaine Ring

APR 20-- Special Agent in Charge June W. Stansbury of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor today announced that six men were arrested yesterday, April 19, by Criminal Complaints on charges related to their alleged involvement in a Bridgeport-based cocaine distribution ring.

The Complaints charge LUIS ROBLES, also known as “Papo,” age 42 (DOB 10/16/63), of 22 Evelyn Road, Derby; WALTER HARRISON, age 34 (DOB 11/6/71), of 106A Chestnut St., Bridgeport; RAUL REYES, also known as “Papa,” age 35 (DOB 12/11/70), of 3275 Main Street, Apartment 201, Bridgeport; ABRAHAM PABON, also known as “Lou,” age 26 (DOB 5/12/79), of 280 Beechmont, Bridgeport; RYAN PERSAD, also known as “Indio,” age 44 (DOB 2/3/62), of 39 Horton Hill Road, Unit 10B, Bridgeport; and ROBINDRANATH PERSAD, “Kani,” age 42 (DOB 8/12/63), of 100 Lincoln Street, Bridgeport, with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine. Each defendant is currently detained pending hearings that are scheduled for next week.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, beginning in mid-2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force initiated an investigation into suspected distribution of cocaine in the Bridgeport area by ROBLES and his associates. The investigation, which culminated in yesterday’s arrests, established that the ring primarily operated out of East End Auto, an auto shop owned by ROBLES and PABON located at 1357 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport. ROBLES and his co-defendants are alleged to have obtained cocaine from a source of supply located in the New York metropolitan area. Typically, the cocaine was transported by automobile to the Bridgeport area to ROBLES or one of his associates, and then redistributed in and around Bridgeport.

The investigation employed court-authorized wiretaps, court-authorized audio and video surveillance and several controlled purchases of cocaine. In connection with yesterday’s arrests, searches at 11 locations in Bridgeport, Derby and Naugatuck, Connecticut, revealed a quantity of cocaine, two firearms and United States currency.

If convicted of the charge in the Complaint, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of life.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that a Complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is entitled to have this matter presented to a grand jury and, in the event an indictment is returned, he is entitled to a trial at which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.