News Release
For Immediate Release
December 07, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution Charge

DEC 07 -- 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 ALFONSO REID, also known as “Fonzie” or “Fonz,” 33, of Hancock Avenue, Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

This matter stems from Operation “Young Gunz,” an eight-month joint investigation that targeted firearms and narcotics trafficking in and around the Marina Village Housing Complex on Bridgeport’s West Side.  The investigation included numerous controlled purchases of firearms, heroin and crack cocaine.  Analysis of the firearms purchased during this investigation has revealed that several of them had been reported stolen and/or had been used in other crimes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July and October 2008, law enforcement officers made five controlled purchases of heroin and one controlled purchase of a firearm from REID.

Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for February 25, 2011, at which time REID faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.