Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

January 24, 2013

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: 617-557-2100

New Haven Drug Dealer Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Federal Prison

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Johnny Serrano, also known as “BeBe,” 24, of New Haven, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics in New Haven.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit, began an intensive investigation into drug dealing in the vicinity of 36 Maltby Place in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.  The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, law enforcement surveillance and controlled purchases of crack cocaine and cocaine from a number of individuals, revealed that Serrano and others operated an open-air narcotics market where they sold crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin to customers on a daily basis.

Serrano has been detained since his arrest on November 16, 2011.  On October 1, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine (“crack”) and a quantity of cocaine.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit.  The Stamford Police Department has provided critical assistance to the investigation.

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