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News Release
June 1, 2005

Leader of Drug Organization Receives 15 Years on Federal Narcotics and Firearms Convictions

JUN 1 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O'Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS QUILES, age 37, who last resided on Olinville Avenue, Bronx, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Underhill also ordered QUILES to pay a fine in the amount of $1500. On September 17, 2004, QUILES pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of those drug trafficking crimes.

QUILES was one of 25 individuals arrested in February 2004 as part of a long-term investigation spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration into the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, "crack" cocaine and marijuana in Bridgeport and the surrounding area. During the investigation, the DEA Task Force obtained court-authorized wiretaps for several different telephones used by members of this drug organization, including QUILES. As revealed in various court proceedings, the wiretaps exposed a vast organization headed by QUILES that was responsible for the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine each week on the streets of Bridgeport and surrounding towns.

As further revealed in court proceedings, QUILES kept multiple "stash houses" in Connecticut and New York where he stored his drugs and cash drug proceeds. In his New York stash house, QUILES kept a firearm, which led to the gun charges in this case.

Of the 25 individuals charged in this matter, 23 have been convicted and two remain fugitives. Seized during the investigation were approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, nearly 300 grams of crack cocaine, several firearms and approximately $1 million in drug proceeds.

U.S. Attorney O'Connor commended the law enforcement agents and officers who conducted the investigation and praised their devoted efforts to identify, disrupt and dismantle this multi-kilogram cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking operation.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which is located in Bridgeport and is comprised of DEA special agents, officers from the Bridgeport, Stratford, Easton, Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stamford police departments, and members of the Connecticut State Police.



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