News Release
For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Three New Haven-Area Heroin Dealers
Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

DEC 03 -- 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, today announced that three men have been sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford for their involvement in a New Haven-based narcotics trafficking ring.

Today, SAMUEL-ESTRADA-VASQUEZ, 45, of Poplar Street, New Haven, was sentenced to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, and VICTOR REYES, also known as “MacGyver,” 41, of Greenwich Avenue, New Haven, was sentenced to 103 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. Yesterday, EUGENE MORENO, 56, of Alden Road, West Haven, was sentenced to 50 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release.

In the fall of 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated “Operation King of the Hill,” an investigation into a narcotics trafficking organization operating in New Haven. According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation included controlled purchases of heroin, physical surveillance and the use of court-authorized wiretaps on wireless phones known to be used by targets of the investigation. The investigation revealed that the organization regularly obtained bulk quantities of pre-packaged “bundles” of heroin, principally from a New York source-of-supply. The heroin was then distributed through a network of mid-level dealers, including MORENO, ESTRADA-VASQUEZ and REYES.

Twenty individuals have been charged as a result of the investigation. MORENO, ESTRADA-VASQUEZ and REYES each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

This matter was investigated by the New Haven Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, including DEA agents and officers from the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Shelton, Hamden, Branford and Ansonia Police Departments.