News Release
May 3, 2007

Bridgeport Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to
More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison

MAY 3 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New Engalnd and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS ROBLES, also known as “Papo,” age 43, of Evelyn Road, Derby, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his leadership of a Bridgeport-based cocaine and crack cocaine distribution ring. On February 2, 2007, ROBLES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine.

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 (HIDTA) Task Force initiated an investigation into suspected distribution of cocaine in the Bridgeport area by ROBLES and his associates. The investigation established that the ring primarily operated out of East End Auto, an auto shop owned by ROBLES located at 1357 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport. ROBLES 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 to other dealers.

The investigation employed court-authorized wiretaps, court-authorized audio and video surveillance and several controlled purchases of cocaine.

ROBLES was arrested on April 19, 2006, by DEA HIDTA Task Force members. In connection with the arrests, Task Force members conducted searches at 11 locations in Bridgeport, Derby and Naugatuck, Connecticut, and seized more than 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, more than 500 grams of crack, one loaded semi-automatic handgun that was found in a closet in ROBLES’ residence, one bulletproof vest, six automobiles, and more than $125,000 in United States currency.

When he pleaded guilty, ROBLES also admitted that he attempted to obstruct justice by threatening witnesses involved in this investigation.

In November 1996, ROBLES was sentenced to four years of imprisonment on a federal firearms conviction.

“It is obvious that prior convictions did nothing to convince this defendant to abandon his criminal ways,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “This long term of imprisonment should now convince him, and others involved in similar criminal enterprises, that drug trafficking will not be tolerated.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Members of the Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford and West Haven Police Departments participated in the investigation.