Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Ryan V. Stewart, Copy Editor/Website Editor
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A New Haven man, caught with approximately 500 grams worth of heroin, pleaded guilty before U. S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden to heading a large heroin ring.
On Sept. 21 it was announced by Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, that the day beforehand (Sept. 20) Wilson Vasquez, also known as “Will” and “Pancho,” 43, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin.
An investigation spearheaded by the DEA New Haven Task Force, FBI, and New Haven Police Department revealed that Vasquez—who was arrested on, and has been detained since, July 15—obtained large quantities of heroin, processed and packaged the drug with co-conspirators, and then distributed the drug through a group of dealers operating in the New Haven neighborhood of Fair Haven.
The investigation included the use of wiretaps, physical surveillance and controlled purchases of heroin, and led to the seizure of about 500 grams of heroin, three guns, and five vehicles, as well as the discovery of bank accounts containing more than $300,000—accounts which have since been frozen.
In total, 17 individuals were charged as a result of the investigation. All pleaded guilty.
Vasquez’s offense, a sentencing date for which has not yet been scheduled, carries a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
The DEA’s New Haven Task Force includes participants from police departments in New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden and Derby, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys H. Gordon Hall and Patrick Caruso.