Cocaine trafficker Ryan Persad sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

Kevin J. O'Connor, United States Attorney for the District of
Connecticut, today announced that Ryan Persad, 42, a citizen of
Trinidad last residing on New Street in Naugatuck, was sentenced
on January 10 by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in
Bridgeport to 130 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of
supervised release. On June 19, 2007, Persad pleaded guilty to one
count of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine
and one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in
court, beginning in mid-2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration's
Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force
initiated an investigation into suspected distribution of cocaine in the
Bridgeport area by Luis Robles and his associates. The investigation, which employed court-authorized wiretaps, court-authorized audio and video surveillance and several controlled purchases of cocaine, established that the ring primarily operated but of East End Auto, an auto shop owned by Robles located at 1357 Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport. Robles obtained cocaine from a source of supply located in the New York metropolitan area. Typically, the cocaine was transported by automobile to the Bridgeport area to Robles or one of his associates, and then redistributed in and around Bridgeport to other dealers, including Persad.

In April 2006, the DEA HIDTA Task Force members arrested Persad,
Robles, and several other individuals involved in this narcotics
trafficking ring. In connection with the arrests, Task Force members
conducted searches at 11 locations in Bridgeport, Derby and
Naugatuck, Connecticut, and seized more than 1.5 kilograms of
cocaine, more than 500 grams of crack, one loaded semi-automatic
handgun that was found in a closet in Robles' residence, one
bulletproof vest, six automobiles, and more than $125,000 in United
States currency.

The investigation also revealed that Persad had been deported from
the United States on several occasions after receiving a conviction
in Connecticut Superior Court for sale of narcotics in 1991. After his
arrest in connection with the Robles drug conspiracy, Persad was
also charged with illegal reentry into the United States. During the
sentencing proceeding on January 10, Judge Underhill imposed on
Persad a sentence of 130 months imprisonment on the illegal
reentry count, to run concurrently with the 130-month sentence on
the drug charge.

On February 2, 2007, Robles pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five
kilograms or more of cocaine. In pleading guilty, Robles also
admitted that he attempted to obstruct justice by threatening
witnesses involved in this investigation. On May 3, 2007, Judge
Underhill sentenced Robles to 188 months of imprisonment, followed
by five years of supervised release.

The drug case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement
Administration's Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task
Force. Members of the Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford and
West Haven Police Departments participated in the investigation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also participated in the
unlawful reentry investigation. This case is being prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorneys H. Gordon Hall and James Smart.


Source: USDOJ

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