July 24, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Stamford Resident Sentenced To Federal Prison For Trafficking Cocaine
STAMFORD, 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 Dimitrios Karipidis, 54, a citizen of Greece last residing in Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine.
This matter stems from a year-long investigation headed by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Norwalk Police Department into the trafficking of oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana in Fairfield County. In February 2012, Karipidis was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap engaging in discussions involving the illegal distribution of cocaine.
Sixteen individuals have been charged as a result of this investigation.
Karipidis has been detained since his arrest on June 12, 2012. On May 1, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Karipidis faces deportation proceedings at the conclusion of his sentence.
This matter is being investigated by the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Norwalk Police Department, with assistance provided by the Connecticut State Police and the Bridgeport, Stamford and Stratford Police Departments.