Thirteen individuals from area towns were arrested today following a long-term DEA investigation into a local OxyCodone trafficking ring.
The investigation, which involved court-authorized wiretaps, controlled buys of narcotics by DEA agents, and physical surveillance, also lead to to the seizure of more than two-thousand pills, and $11,000 in cash.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting individuals who are involved in the illegal distribution of highly-addictive prescription narcotics,” said U.S. Attorney of the District of Connecticut David B. Fein. “Prescription drug abuse, especially among younger members of our society, is a growing problem, and I want to thank the DEA Task Force for their diligent work in disrupting this network.”
Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, echoed Fein's concerns about the illegal market for prescription narcotics, saying: “Prescription drug abuse is a major concern in Connecticut and throughout New England, and the DEA is committed to combating those who traffic these drugs."
Those arrested in today's sting are as follows.
MICHAEL MARCHITTO, JR., 28, of Kaye View Drive, Hamden;
KELLY PIETROSIMONE, 22, of Summit Street, New Haven;
JAIME PIETROSIMONE, 26, of Summit Street, New Haven;
MICHAEL DADY, 26, of Dogburn Lane, Orange;
KRISTINA GARGANO, 23, of Gerrish Avenue, East Haven;
JOSEPH PUGLISI, a.k.a. “Joe Pugs,” 47, of South Main Street, Wallingford;
HEIDI ORKISZ, 28, of Fawn Meadow Lane, North Branford;
AMBER FISCHER, 27, of Newton Street, Meriden;
PATRICIA BONANNO, a.k.a. “Trish,” 22, of 95 Bradley Avenue, East Haven;
JUSTIN ORTIZ, 28, of Austin Ryer Lane, Branford;
FRANCIS MARTONE, a.k.a. “Frankie,” 31, of Fountain St, New Haven;
BRENDA MARCHITTO, 50, of Juniper Drive, North Haven;
MICHAEL MARCHITTO, SR., 51, of Juniper Drive, North Haven
Each of the defendants was charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, OxyCodone, which is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.
In addition to the DEA, the case is currently pooling the resources of the New Haven, West Haven, Ansonia, Meriden, Hamden, Branford, and Wallingford Police Departments, as well as the United States Marshals Service.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick Caruso and Doug Morabito. A court date has yet to be announced.
If convicted, the suspects may face a term of up to twenty years in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million.