Trumbull resident Rodolfo Revello, 40, was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing cocaine.
The arrest stems from "a long-term investigation into gang activity and the trafficking of firearms and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut," prosecutors said.
"According to court documents and statements made in court, Revello supplied cocaine to other members of the conspiracy, including members of the Stamford Chapter of the Latin Kings, who then sold the drugs to their own customers," according to a press release.
From January to May 2011, law enforcement officers conducted multiple controlled purchases of cocaine from individuals supplied by Revello, said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein.
He was arrested on May 10, 2011, while purchasing approximately 50 grams of cocaine from a co-defendant for approximately $1,700.
On March 6, 2012, REVELLO pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more of cocaine, Fein said.
More than 100 firearms, including machine guns, were purchased or seized during the investigation, and 17 individuals have been charged with various federal offenses. All 17 defendants have pleaded guilty, Fein said.
The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the Stamford Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Norwalk Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Correction. The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Marc H. Silverman.