News Release
For Immediate Release:
May 06, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Participant in Danbury-Area Crack Cocaine Ring is Sentenced

MAY 06 -- 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 KAREN STANZIONE, 51, of South Street, Danbury, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to three years of probation for her involvement in a Danbury-area crack cocaine ring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Aaron Thompson, also known as “A” and “A-Plus,” of Bridgeport, headed a crack cocaine distribution ring that served dozens of customers in and around Danbury.  The DEA Task Force investigation, which included controlled purchases of narcotics and court-authorized wiretaps over several telephones, revealed that Thompson regularly obtained large quantities of cocaine, converted or “cooked” the cocaine into crack, and then distributed it to others for street sale.

STANZIONE assisted Joseph Fonseca of Danbury, one of Thompson’s lieutenants, by driving him to Bridgeport to pick up narcotics.  STANZIONE also allowed Fonseca to use her car when she was not available to drive him.

On February 12, 2010, STANZIONE pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate the commission of a narcotics trafficking felony.

Thompson and Fonseca have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).  Each awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which includes representatives from the Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Stratford and Bridgeport Police Departments – in cooperation with the Danbury Police Special Investigations Division.  The New Milford Police Department also assisted in the investigation.