News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 24, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Former Willimantic Resident Sentenced to Federal Prison for Role in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

NOV 24 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN MORALES, 36, of Manchester, formerly of Willimantic, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 28 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a cocaine distribution conspiracy.  On February 26, 2009, MORALES pleaded guilty 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, who had no prior criminal record, received cocaine from outside of Connecticut and regularly supplied distribution quantities of the drug to Sczurek.

Sczurek pleaded guilty to federal cocaine distribution charges and, on October 26, 2009, he was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment.

        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.