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News Release
July 13, 2004

Orange Man Arrested on Cocaine Charge

JUL 13 - Mark R. Trouville 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 STEVEN CARPENTER, age 49, of 318 Ridge Street, Orange, Connecticut, was arrested today after being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport on a charge of possession with intent to sell cocaine. CARPENTER is detained pending a hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons on Friday, July 16.CARPENTER was arrested this morning in Darien, Connecticut, by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Stamford and Darien Police Departments.

At the time of his arrest, law enforcement seized approximately four ounces of cocaine from CARPENTER along with three plastic bags of cocaine prepared for street sale. If convicted, CARPENTER faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. U.S. Attorney O'Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stamford Police Department.



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