News Release
August 1, 2006

Arizona Man Sentenced To More Than Six Years
For Distributing Meth In Connecticut

AUG 1 -- 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 KORTNEY JAY FRANZEN, formerly of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 78 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. FRANZEN pleaded guilty to the charges on October 31, 2005.

According to documents filed with the court and statements made in court, FRANZEN admitted to having participated in a substantial methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Part of that conspiracy involved FRANZEN’s distribution of several pounds of methamphetamine to a Connecticut co-conspirator in late 2004 and January 2005. In or around October 2004, FRANZEN shipped via courier services pound-level quantities of methamphetamine to his Connecticut-based co-conspirator. In January 2005, FRANZEN personally delivered approximately two pounds of methamphetamine to the same co-conspirator by driving the drugs from Arizona to Connecticut. FRANZEN also was involved in the distribution of substantial quantities of methamphetamine to individuals in other parts of the country.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force based in Bridgeport, Connecticut.