News Release
For Immediate Release
August 06, 2010

Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Participant in New Haven Heroin Trafficking
Ring Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison

AUG 06 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT CALO, also known as “Papito,” 50, of Meadowbrook Court, West Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his participation in a New Haven-based heroin distribution ring.

This matter stems from “Operation Oceanfront,” a long-term Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation, which included the participation of several local police departments.  The investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on wireless phones used by two members of the organization.  In addition to the wiretap intercepts, the DEA made several controlled purchases of heroin during the investigation.

According to court documents and statements made in court, CALO allowed the drug trafficking organization to use his former residence at 92 Kensington Street in New Haven to store, process and package heroin for street distribution.  CALO also solicited customers for the organization, and acted as a middleman for the organization for heroin deals with these customers.

CALO was intercepted several times over the wiretap engaging in conversations that pertained to narcotics trafficking with another member of the conspiracy.

CALO’s criminal history includes state convictions for sale of narcotics, witness tampering and second degree assault.

On November 9, 2009, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging CALO and 11 others with various heroin trafficking offenses.  On June 21, 2010, CALO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and officers from area police departments, including the New Haven Police Department’s patrol and narcotics units; the West Haven Police Department, which assigned five officers to the investigation; the Meriden Police Department; the Branford Police Department, and the Ansonia Police Department.  The United States Marshals Service also offered critical assistance to the investigation.