News Release
June 7, 2007

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

JUN 7 -- 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 JIMMY VALENTIN, age 29, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was sentenced yesterday, June 6, by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. VALENTIN pleaded guilty to the offense on January 23, 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, VALENTIN purchased quantities of powder cocaine from co-defendant Luis Joel Soto-Solivan for redistribution to others in the Brockton area. Soto-Solivan advised VALENTIN during their dealings that he preferred to sell kilogram quantities of cocaine at a time and not to deal with smaller quantities.

On March 7, 2007, Soto-Solivan pleaded guilty to narcotics trafficking charges. He awaits sentencing. 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.