News Release
November 28, 2007

Meriden Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Dealing Crack Cocaine

NOV 28 -- 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 JESSIE CIVIDANES, 27, formerly of Parkview Street, Meriden, Connecticut, was sentenced on Monday, November 26, by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). CIVIDANES pleaded guilty to the charge on June 21, 2007.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging CIVIDANES and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in central Connecticut. According to statements made in court, during the course of the conspiracy, CIVIDANES distributed approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine and 2 kilograms of powder cocaine.

CIVIDANES has been detained since his arrest by federal authorities on September 29, 2006. This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Meriden Police Department and the Waterbury Police Department.