News Release
May 4, 2007

New Haven Drug Dealer Sentenced to Nine Years

MAY 4 -- 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 RAMON ANTONIO De La CRUZ DURAN, age 30, a citizen of the Domincan Republic last residing at 155 Dewitt Street, New Haven, was sentenced yesterday, May 3, by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford, to 108 months of imprisonment. On December 19, 2006, DURAN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, DURAN sold heroin to an undercover DEA agent on five occasions from February to April 2006. On April 21, 2006, DURAN also sold the undercover agent 125 grams of cocaine. At the time of his arrest on May 3, 2006, DURAN attempted to grab an agent’s holstered firearm.

During the sentencing proceeding, Judge Droney noted the numerous sales of drugs that DURAN made to the undercover agent during the course of the investigation, DURAN’s prior drug convictions, and that DURAN resisted arrest when confronted by agents. Judge Droney also noted that DURAN had a difficult life and suffered from drug addiction.

Following service of his term of imprisonment, DURAN will face deportation proceedings.

The matter stems from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Drug Task Force into the distribution of heroin throughout the New Haven area. The Task Force includes agents and officers from the DEA, the New Haven, West Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Shelton, Guilford and Branford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.