News Release
January 11, 2007

Bridgeport Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison

JAN 11 -- 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 DAVID WILSON, also known as “Struggle,” age 43, formerly of 245 Brooklawn Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. In April 2003, WILSON pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana between January 1989 and August 2000. WILSON, who has been incarcerated since his arrest in July 2002, is also subject to deportation.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, this matter stems from a four-year investigation in Connecticut, New York, Arizona and Florida into a marijuana transportation ring that supplied marijuana to distributors in Connecticut for several years. More than 25 individuals were arrested on both federal and state charges during the course of the investigation. In addition, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Connecticut State Police seized more than 1500 pounds of marijuana, more than $800,000 in United States currency, five vehicles and several weapons.

Judge Burns has ordered WILSON to forfeit $100,000 to the Government.

A federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment against WILSON on May 14, 2002, charging him with violations of federal narcotics laws. The indictment was returned shortly after WILSON’s arrest by federal law enforcement officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as he deplaned from a flight originating from Jamaica.

WILSON has admitted that he participated in a conspiracy that involved the importation of more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from Mexico and Arizona and the transportation of that marijuana to the Northeast, including Connecticut.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor praised the work of the agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted by officers from the Easton, Stratford and Bridgeport Police Departments. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark D. Rubino.