News Release
For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Former Bristol Resident Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Trafficking Cocaine

DEC 14 -- 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 ODARIS JIMENEZ, also known as “Baron,” 47, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Bristol, was sentenced on Friday, December 10, by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring.  On May 21, 2009, JIMENEZ pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from “Operation Crown Royal,” a joint law enforcement investigation into the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in central Connecticut.  During the course of the investigation, JIMENEZ was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap ordering distribution quantities of cocaine from Arnulfo Andrade, a Mexican national who resided in Waterbury.  On one occasion in 2005, JIMENEZ made arrangements for two associates to travel to Ohio to pick up five kilograms of cocaine that belonged to Andrade and transport it to Waterbury.  JIMENEZ provided a vehicle with a hidden compartment for his associates to use.  Ohio State Police stopped the vehicle and seized the cocaine.

Andrade pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.  On February 22, 2008, Andrade was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Waterbury Police Department and the Meriden Police Department.