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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Connecticut

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For Immediate Release

June 10, 2013

David B. Fein, United States Attorney

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Officer
(203) 821-3722
tom.carson@usdoj.gov

New Haven Drug Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAYMOND SERRANO, 22, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics in New Haven.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in April 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit, began an intensive investigation into drug dealing in the vicinity of 36 Maltby Place in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, law enforcement surveillance and controlled purchases of crack cocaine and cocaine from a number of individuals, revealed that SERRANO and others operated an open-air narcotics market where they sold crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin to customers on a daily basis.

SERRANO has been detained since his arrest on November 16, 2011. On October 1, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of heroin.

This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Unit. The Stamford Police Department has provided critical assistance to the investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.

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