News Release
May 7, 2007

Meriden Crack Dealer Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

MAY 7 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that BENIGNO MALAVE, age 32, of Willow Street, Meriden, Connecticut, was sentenced on Friday, May 4, by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for aiding and abetting the distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). MALAVE pleaded guilty to the charge on February 15, 2007.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging MALAVE and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Meriden. The charges against MALAVE stem from two controlled purchases of crack cocaine from him in January and February 2006.

MALAVE is currently in state prison serving a 30-month sentence for violating his parole from two prior convictions for third degree sexual assault. Judge Dorsey ordered the 144-month federal sentence to be concurrent with MALAVE’s state sentence.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Meriden Police Department.