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

September 4, 2008

East Hartford Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison

SEP 4 -- Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ARTAN ISUFAJ, also known as “Tony,” “Ton,” and “T,” 27, of East Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  On May 1, 2008, ISUFAJ pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine.

The charges against ISUFAJ stem from separate investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, each of which included the use of a variety of investigative techniques including controlled purchases of narcotics, court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance, and the execution of search and seizure warrants.  The investigations have resulted in the indictment of approximately 50 defendants on federal narcotics and firearms charges, as well as the seizure of firearms, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, narcotics paraphernalia, approximately $100,000 in cash, and vehicles utilized in furtherance of drug trafficking activities.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, from January 2006 to March 2007, ISUFAJ unlawfully conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.  ISUFAJ was intercepted on numerous occasions over court-authorized wiretaps negotiating the sale of cocaine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Dannehy commended the investigation of this matter that was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Hartford Police Department, the East Hartford Police Department, Manchester Police Department, Southington Police Department, and the Windsor Locks Police Department.