U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Connecticut
District of Connecticut
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2013
David B. Fein, United States Attorney
Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Officer
Wallingford Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Oxycodone and Marijuana
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROBERT MELILLO, 25, of Wallingford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone and marijuana.
MELILLO is one of more than 100 individuals charged as a result of "Operation Bloodline," a joint law enforcement investigation targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in the Dwight–Kensington and Fair Haven sections of New Haven. Led by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments, the year–long investigation included the use of court–authorized wiretaps on numerous telephones, extensive physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, execution of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics and firearms.
The investigation revealed that MELILLO conspired with others to distribute oxycodone and marijuana, and that he traveled to California on multiple occasions to purchase large quantities of marijuana, which he then shipped back to Connecticut to be distributed in the New Haven area.
On August 29, 2012, law enforcement officers stopped MELILLO upon his arrival at the San Francisco International Airport and seized $30,000 in U.S. currency from his carry–on bag.
MELILLO was arrested on February 1, 2013 and has been released on a $100,000 bond since shortly after his arrest. On March 1, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone and marijuana.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration's New Haven Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services and the Milford, Hartford, New Britain, North Branford and Stratford Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys S. Dave Vatti and Marc Silverman.