News Release
June 13, 2007

Meriden Woman Sentenced for Role in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

JUN 13 -- 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 MARLENE SOTO, age 28, of 410 Crown Street, Meriden, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to six months of home confinement and three years of probation for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. SOTO pleaded guilty to the offense on March 13, 2007, and admitted that she distributed between 25 and 50 grams of cocaine.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging SOTO and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Meriden.

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