News Release
May 8, 2007

South Windsor Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Cocaine Distribution Charge

MAY 8 -- 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 WILLIAM MONIZ, age 43, of 29 Scantic Meadow Road, South Windsor, pleaded guilty on Friday, May 4, before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The charge against MONIZ stems from a six-month investigation by the Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force that included the use of a variety of investigative techniques including controlled purchases of crack cocaine, federal wiretaps over a two-month period, physical surveillance, and the execution of search and seizure warrants. The investigation followed an increase in violent crime in the North End section of Hartford and focused on drug trafficking activity and associated violence in the vicinity of Capen and Tolland Streets. To date, this ongoing investigation has resulted in the indictment of 13 defendants on federal narcotics and firearms charges. Search and seizure warrants executed during the investigation led to the seizure of seven firearms, significant quantities of powder cocaine and crack cocaine, narcotics paraphernalia, approximately $20,000 in cash, and six vehicles utilized in furtherance of drug trafficking activities.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in Court, MONIZ was intercepted during the wiretap phase of the investigation negotiating the purchase of cocaine. On February 8, 2007, MONIZ was arrested by East Hartford police officers and found in possession of approximately 21 grams of cocaine, which he later admitted was to be distributed to others.

Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for July 23, 2007, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor commended the investigation of this matter that was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hartford Police Department, the Bloomfield Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the East Hartford Police Department, and the Mid-State Narcotics Task Force.