July 12, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Cocaine Courier Sentenced To Federal Prison
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Christopher Pappagallo, 40, of Vernon, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Pappagallo was paid by an associate to transport more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from California to Connecticut. Pappagallo acted as a courier on three different occasions, earning $10,000 for the first trip, $8,500 for the second trip and $17,000 for the third trip. Pappagallo’s third trip occurred in January 2012, when he transported approximately 54 kilograms of cocaine to Connecticut.
Pappagallo pleaded guilty to a cocaine conspiracy charge on April 1, 2013.
This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Britain Police Department and the East Central Narcotics Task Force, which includes the Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury and Vernon Police Departments.