News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Phone: 617-557-2138

August 21, 2008

New Britain Man Involved in Waterbury Drug Ring Sentenced to 30 Months

AUG 21 -- Kevin L. Lane Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAFAEL VAZQUEZ, 35, of West Street, New Britain, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). VAZQUEZ pleaded guilty to the charge on November 20, 2007.

On May 22, 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging VAZQUEZ and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in central Connecticut. The investigation revealed that, during the summer of 2006, VAZQUEZ was supplied with cocaine and crack cocaine by Eluid Rivera, also known as “Smokey,” of Waterbury, which VAZQUEZ distributed to others in the Waterbury area.

On March 29, 2007, Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. On January 23, 2008, he was sentenced by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven 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.