News Release
For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2008

Waterbury Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for
Role in Cocaine Trafficking Ring

JUL 25 --Kevin L. Lane Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England andNora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS MUNOZ, 51, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in United States District Court in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine. MUNOZ pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2007.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging MUNOZ and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in central Connecticut. During the course of the investigation underlying the Indictment, it was learned that MUNOZ was assisting co-defendant Eluid Rivera, also known as “Smokey,” in the distribution of cocaine out of a building located at 98 Wolcott Street in Waterbury. MUNOZ distributed cocaine to some of Rivera’s customers, and also, from time to time, delivered drug proceeds to Rivera’s drug supplier.

Rivera pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and, on January 23, 2008, was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment.

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