News Release
For Immediate Release:
March 06, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New London Man Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution Offense

MAR 06 -- 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, today announced that ALBERTO GARCIA, 47, of New London, was sentenced yesterday, March 4, by United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford, to approximately 18 months of imprisonment, time served, and one year of supervised release for using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.  GARCIA, who pleaded guilty to the charge on August 18, 2008, has been in custody since his arrest on August 28, 2007.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on June 5, 2007, during the course of a Drug Enforcement Administration-led investigation into narcotics trafficking in eastern Connecticut, GARCIA used a telephone to arrange the sale of cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement.  GARCIA was to obtain the cocaine from Luis Ojeda, also known as “Louie Lou” of New London.  According to testimony during Ojeda’s federal trial last year, Ojeda provided 25.9 grams of cocaine to GARCIA who, in turn, sold it to a confidential informant.

On October 10, 2008, a federal jury found Ojeda guilty of one count of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine stemming from the transaction with GARCIA, and one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.  He awaits sentencing.    

This matter was 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.