News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Former Willimantic Resident Admits
Involvement in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

FEB 26 --Steven W. Derr, 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 JUAN MORALES, 35, of Manchester, formerly of Willimantic, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in 2007, during the course of a Drug Enforcement Administration-led investigation into narcotics trafficking in eastern Connecticut, MORALES was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap communicating with Timothy Sczurek of Lebanon, Connecticut. The investigation revealed that MORALES periodically supplied distribution quantities of cocaine totaling between two and 3.5 kilograms to Sczurek.

Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for May 19, 2009, at which time MORALES faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life and a fine of up to $2 million.

Sczurek pleaded guilty to federal cocaine distribution charges on January 18, 2008. He awaits sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, the Norwich Police Department, the New London Police Department, the City of Groton Police Department, the Town of Groton Police Department and the Willimantic Police Department.