News Release
June 26, 2007

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for
Supplying Cocaine to Danbury Drug Ring

JUN 26 --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 ARCADIO RAMIREZ, also known as “Peti,” age 42, formerly of Weirfield Street, Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 204 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute up to 50 kilograms of cocaine. On May 25, 2007, after a three-week trial, a federal jury found RAMIREZ guilty of the offense.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, RAMIREZ was a supplier of a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine distribution ring led by Danbury resident Alex Luna. RAMIREZ and others made frequent trips from New York City to Danbury to deliver kilogram-sized quantities of cocaine to Luna. When making these deliveries to Luna, RAMIREZ and others would travel in cars containing secret compartments that were designed to hold contraband, such as narcotics, to elude detection by law enforcement. Luna and his associates would also travel regularly to various meeting places in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan to pick up drugs from RAMIREZ and others. Once Luna received the drugs from his New York-based suppliers, he and his associates would go to various hotels in the Danbury area to process and package the cocaine for street sale.

In court today, Judge Underhill noted RAMIREZ’s lifelong involvement in reaping profits from large-scale narcotics trafficking operations, including illegal “drug blocks” in Brooklyn controlled by RAMIREZ and his three brothers during the 1990s. In imposing the 17-year term of imprisonment, Judge Underhill remarked that the sentence took into consideration how RAMIREZ previously had avoided significant consequences from his illegal activities until he was investigated as part of the Luna case.

RAMIREZ’s conviction is the result of a long-term, cooperative investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration in Bridgeport and the Danbury Police Department. During the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted several months of surveillance of suspected drug traffickers, made numerous undercover purchases, and utilized federal wiretaps on five different telephones. As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted searches of several residences in Connecticut and New York and recovered cocaine and crack cocaine, drug-packaging materials, narcotics paraphernalia, United States currency, semi-automatic firearms, and ammunition.

Twenty-four individuals in Danbury and New York City were arrested, charged, and convicted as a result of this intensive investigation. On April 3, 2007, Judge Underhill sentenced Luna to 30 years of imprisonment.

“Federal authorities are committed to working with state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking rings,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “This lengthy term of imprisonment is appropriate punishment for a career drug trafficker, and it is our hope that this prosecution will deter others from attempting to follow in Mr. Luna’s and Mr. Ramirez’s footsteps.”

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Danbury Police Department.