News Release
January 08, 2008

Waterbury Man Sentenced To More Than Six Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Crack Cocaine

JAN 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, announced that CARLOS VARELA, also known as “Rodolfo,” 37, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 78 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). VARELA pleaded guilty to the charge on May 25, 2007.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging VARELA and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in central Connecticut. During the course of a 10-month investigation from late 2005 to the summer of 2006, law enforcement officers conducted multiple controlled purchases of crack cocaine and heroin from VARELA in Waterbury.

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