July 26, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
New Haven Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Crack
NEW HAVEN, 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 Denis Williams, also known as “Blanco,” 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2011, the DEA received information that Williams was supplying crack cocaine and heroin to numerous drug customers in New Haven. On June 2, 2011, law enforcement officers stopped a vehicle that Williams was driving and seized approximately three grams of crack packaged for street sale in 14 individually-wrapped bags. A subsequent search of his Chatham Street residence revealed approximately 23 grams of crack, a handgun and $4946 in cash.
Williams, whose criminal history includes multiple prior felony drug convictions, has been detained since his arrest on June 2, 2011. On May 10, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine (“crack cocaine”).
This matter was investigated by the DEA New Haven Task Force, which includes participants from the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford, Meriden and Ansonia Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney S. Dave Vatti.