Feds Sweep Fair Haven

Thomas MacMillan Photo(Updated) New Haven DEA agents tracked a Jeep to a storage facility in Rhode Island, where they found eight kilograms of heroin, two kilograms of cocaine, and $35,000—evidence that helped indict over two dozen people swept up in a series of arrests this week.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials announced Wednesday afternoon that they had successfully completed investigations of two overlapping drug operations run out of Maltby Place, a one-block street in Fair Haven.

The investigations were carried out by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Haven’s Tactical Narcotics Unit, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), along with state police and cops from several towns in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Agents made 20 arrests in the 48 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon, while executing several search warrants. Six arrests had previously been made in the cases. Police expect to arrest two other suspects shortly. Five guns were seized, along with cash and drugs.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney David Fein said Wednesday that law enforcement agents had dismantled drug operations out of 28 and 36 Maltby Pl. The first was a “wholesale” operation, the second “retail,” he said.

Here’s how it happened, according to Fein and U.S. Attorney press releases, and an affidavit prepared by New Haven DEA Agent Raymond Walczyk:

28 Maltby Pl.

In early 2011, the DEA began working with state police to investigate a 31-year-old man known as Tony, who was allegedly selling large quantities of heroin out of 28 Maltby Pl. Using wiretaps, they discovered that a 26-year-old Bloomfield man known as “The Mexican” was supplying Tony as well as other dealers around Connecticut.

On Sept. 2, DEA agents from New Haven and Providence, R.I., using a GPS tracking device, followed The Mexican’s Jeep from Connecticut to Providence. The Mexican picked up a 50-year-old man and went to a storage facility in Pawtucket, R.I. They brought a black backpack from the Jeep into a unit, then left.

The previous evening, police had recorded a phone conversation between the two men that went as follows:

The 50-year-old: Hello!

The Mexican: Cousin!

The 50-year-old: What’s up boss?

The Mexican: I’m here putting on this thing again on this shit. I’m going to pick you up really tomorrow.

The 50-year-old: Alright, man. I’m going to be here.

The Mexican: At around seven

The 50-year-old: Alright.

The Mexican: Do me a favor cousin. Call your people from over there ... The other guy you were telling me about. Get in touch with him because they lent this guy the nut already. If not they want everything to be returned by Saturday. But the nuts have to be put there, if not our stuff is going to go away.

The 50-year-old: Alright.

The Mexican: Alright. We’ll talk.

State police later stopped the Jeep on I-84 in Connecticut. They found three bricks of heroin inside and $14,000.

A search of the storage facility found eight kilograms of heroin, including three in a black backpack, two kilograms of cocaine and $35,000. One kilogram of heroin can produce about 50,000 “single-dosage” bags of heroin.

On Sept. 15, a grand jury indicted Tony and The Mexican. On Nov. 9, a superseding indictment named15 more defendants from New Haven, New Britain, Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield and Meriden.

36 Maltby Pl.

In April 2011, the ATF and the DEA, along with the TNU began investigating drug dealing out of 36 Maltby Pl. Using wiretaps, undercover buys, and surveillance, they found that a 23-year-old known as “Bey Bey” was leading an “open air narcotics market where crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin were sold to customers on a daily basis.”

The organization was allegedly sometimes supplied by a man who operates a barber shop at 1345 State St. Police raided the barbershop on Nov. 4 and seized cocaine and crack.

On Nov. 10, a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Bey Bey and 10 others.

Two of those men were arraigned 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in a third-floor courtroom of U.S. District Court in New Haven before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Silverman stood in the courtroom to describe a “rampant and blatant drug dealing” out of 36 Maltby Pl.

The first defendant to be arraigned Wednesday was a 22-year-old resident of Maltby Place. He wore an orange shirt and baggy jeans, and bore a large tattoo of two dice on the back of his neck. He entered a pro-forma not guilty plea to six charges related to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.

The second defendant, age 42, was wearing a black hoody and gray sweatpants hiked up to his knees. He began crying as he entered a pro-forma not guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Two men were released on $25,000 non-surety bonds, under conditions that they stop selling drugs and have no contact with other defendants.

Seven women, including one who’s pregnant, and two men watched the proceedings from a bench in the back of the small courtroom.

Damares Stimpson, the mother-in-law of the 22-year-old defendant ,said she left work to come to the arraignment Wednesday. She leaned against a wall in the hallway outside the courtroom, wearing scrubs with teddy bears on them. Her daughter sat against the wall by her side, wearing a ring on her left index finger that read “Alex,” the name of the 22-year-old defendant.

Stimpson said she was nervous to see her son-in-law in federal court: “This is the real deal.”

Asked if her son-in-law was dealing drugs, Stimpson said, “I guess so. They picked him up.”

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posted by: DKR on November 16, 2011  3:50pm

go figure,..man enough to go out and “play the game” and be mr. tough guy, gang banger. drug dealer, wanna be thug..but not man enough to face the reality of his actions,...

posted by: cairnmom on November 16, 2011  4:44pm

“Stimpson said she was nervous to see her son-in-law in federal court: “This is the real deal.”

Asked if her son-in-law was dealing drugs, Stimpson said, “I guess so. They picked him up.””

Uh-huh. And I would be crying if I were in federal court facing these charges myself, there is no “manning up” involved - just a slap of reality.

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on November 16, 2011  5:12pm

Two thumbs up.

posted by: L on November 17, 2011  12:03am

Great work, thanks for cleaning up our neighborhood. Now if only something could be done about the dealing out of Sunoco on Route 80 again…

posted by: newhavenresident on November 17, 2011  10:15am

I’ve been wondering when OFFICIALS where gonna target Fair Haven, Fair Haven has been getting herion money over there for years, my three yrs of living over there it disgusted me to see how they drive around in these big 40-50,000$ cars, girlfriends too nobody working! About time… and yes the FEDS is the real deal they’ll probably get 20 or better years!

posted by: cedarhillresident on November 17, 2011  3:17pm

just saw the 1345 State St.thing…one of our issues in cedar hill got taken down in this raid at least…slicks baby get slicks and the illegal rooming house! the hooker are working at!

posted by: Lynda Faye Wilson on November 21, 2011  9:30am

The Fair Haven sweep that stretched as far away as Rhode Island was great. But that is not even a pebble in the ocean and we are ALL aware of that in this city. However, THE FORCES need to collaborate brain-storms and power, along with the most recent technology NHPD and partnerships possess and deploy focus and energies ON THE FLOATING OF GUNS AND THEIR ORIGIN AS WELL AS USERS THAT EITHER SNATCH LIFE AWAY FROM ANOTHER OR INJURE SOMEONE TO THE POINT THEY ARE MARRED FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. Don’t fool yourself, there are those who stock-pile guns as they do illicit drugs. They are responsible for the guns hitting the streets, therefore NEED BE as accountable as the user. Train an practice perfectionism of TRACING. The majority of these guns can not be “WITHOUT A TRACE.” THERE ARE STOCK-PILERS OUT THERE RARED-BACK WITH GRINS AND SMILES ON THEIR FACES THAT THEY WERE NOT THE SHOOTERS AND THEY ARE CLEAN AND SCOTT FREE (bulltird). I CAN BE DONE. LET’S CLEAN-UP THIS CITY TO ALLOW OUR YOUTH TO REACH/LIVE TO THEIR TRUE/FULL POTENTIELS.