HARTFORD, CT. (WWLP) – Seventeen individuals have been charged with federal drug offenses related to the trafficking of cocaine and crack cocaine in central Connecticut.
The Department of Justice said Westley Northrup of Meriden, operated a cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking ring while he was in prison.
Northrup worked with Carlos Roman of Middletown, to purchase cocaine from Omar Rivera of New Britain, turn some of it into crack cocaine and distribute both the crack and cocaine through network dealers.
Police said they later on found out that Rivera was being supplied by Orlando Quiros of Suffield, Connecticut, who was receiving packages of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine through U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico.
The packages were accepted and delivered by Steven Riccelli, a U.S. Postal Service employee.
Police seized $240,000 in cash from Quiros during the course of the investigation. Police also seized seven kilograms of cocaine, several pounds of marijuana, three firearms and nearly $100,000 in cash on July 26.
On July 20, a New Haven grand jury returned a nine-count indictment charging against the following individuals:
WESTLEY NORTHRUP, a.k.a. “Piff,” 29, of Meriden
CARLOS ROMAN, a.k.a. “Frizz,” 37, of Middletown
DENISE HERNANDEZ, a.k.a. “Booty,” 29, of Meriden
RIGOBERTO HERNANDEZ, a.k.a. “Tito,” 36, of Meriden
SHANE BLAKE, 34, of Bristol
OMAR RIVERA, a.k.a. “O,” 34, of New Britain
ANTONIO MIRANDA, a.k.a. “Tone” and “Primo,” 28, of New Britain
CALVIN VAUGHN, a.k.a. “Squeaks,” 34, of Middletown
TURON DAVIS, a.k.a. “Slim,” 39, of Middletown
KASEAN WHITE, a.k.a. “Slay,” 29, of Middletown
DERRICK BRYANT, 26, of Middletown
Each of the defendants mentioned in the indictment are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”). If convicted, these individuals could face a minimum of 10 years in prison.
On July 20, a New Haven grand jury also returned a three-count indictment charging against the following individuals:
ORLANDO QUIROS, a.k.a. “O” and “Gordo,” 40, of Suffield
LEONEL QUIROS, a.k.a. “Haze,” 33, of New Britain
COREY BEST, 32, of Bloomfield
LISETTE PEREZ, 34, of Springfield, Mass.
STEVEN RICCELLI, 42, of Unionville
LUIS ARROYO, 56, of New Britain
OMAR RIVERA, a.k.a. “O,” 34, of New Britain (also charged in the Northrup indictment)
Each are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. If convicted, they could face a minimum of 10 years in prison.
The U.S. Marshals Service, ATF, FBI and the Suffield (CT), Bloomfield (CT), and Springfield, (Mass.), Police Departments assisted with the arrests.