David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Roger Sullivan, also known as “Manny O,” 35, 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.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department, and the Hamden Police Department. Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden and was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from June 2010 through October 2010, Sullivan was intercepted several times over a wiretap ordering distribution quantities of crack cocaine from other members of the drug trafficking organization. He then sold the crack to his own customers for profit. Also, on October 14, 2010, Sullivan sold crack cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer.
Sullivan was arrested in November 18, 2010. On that date, law enforcement officers seized crack cocaine, which was packaged for sale, and a loaded semi-automatic pistol from a bedroom closet at the location of Sullivan’s arrest.
On June 30, 2011, Sullivan pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). As part of his plea, he also acknowledged that he was responsible for the crack cocaine and the firearm seized at the time of his arrest.
Forty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced terms of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter was investigated by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force (composed of members of members of the New Haven, Milford, and Hamden Police Departments and the Connecticut Department of Correction), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force (composed of members of the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden, and Branford Police Departments), along with substantial participation by members of the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service also has assisted the investigation.
The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Robert M. Spector.