News Release
April 10, 2007

Massachusetts Man Sentenced to
Federal Prison for Role in Drug Trafficking Ring

APR 10 -- 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 JOSE SANTIAGO, of Fall River and Brockton, Massachusetts, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for using a telephone to assist a conspiracy to distribute heroin. SANTIAGO pleaded guilty to the offense on January 17, 2007.

This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Ragdoll,” which was spearheaded by the DEA in Hartford. According to statements made in court, SANTIAGO assisted co-defendant Luis Joel Soto-Solivan’s narcotics trafficking operation in the Brockton area.

On March 7, 2007, Soto-Solivan pleaded guilty to narcotics trafficking charges. He awaits sentencing. SANTIAGO has been in custody since his arrest by the DEA on June 20, 2006. U.S. Attorney O’Connor commended the law enforcement agents and officers who conducted the investigation and praised their devoted efforts to identify, disrupt and dismantle this substantial narcotics trafficking operation.

This investigation is a collaborative effort of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Britain Police Department, and the Fall River (MA) Police Department.