Alleged drug traffickers charged in Fairfield, Westchester counties
BRIDGEPORT — Three members of a city drug trafficking organization have been charged with narcotics conspiracy, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Seven members of a New Rochelle drug trafficking organization also face similar charges.
The 10 defendants were charged in two federal indictments, which were officially unsealed Thursday, the DOJ said. Various law enforcement ran a coordinated operation that led them to arrest seven defendants in Westchester County and three in Fairfield County.
Seven of the defendants were charged, in the Southern District of New York, with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms and more of cocaine and 50 grams and more of methamphetamine in and around New Rochelle, N.Y., between April and October.
“Ulysses Lopez, Valentino Lopez and Christian Lopez conspired to distribute five kilograms and more of powder cocaine and 50 grams and more of methamphetamine,” the DOJ said, referring to an indictment unsealed in White Plains federal court Thursday.
The agency said Felipe Barajas, Jose Oceguera, Felipe Cortes and Saturnino Oliver Farias conspired to distribute five kilograms and more of cocaine powder.
The indictment unsealed Thursday in New Haven federal court indicated that from March through June 26, Rafael Lopez-Marcias, Jaime Lopez and Juan Carlos Figueroa conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of powder cocaine.
Also related to the case out of Fairfield County, the DOJ said Rafael Lopez-Macias possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; and on June 7, Jaime Lopez possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.
The defendants charged in White Plains federal court each face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum term of 10 years.
The New Haven federal court defendants each face a maximum of 40 years in prison and minimum of five years in prison.
An additional three defendants were charged with narcotics offenses, including conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, the DOJ said.
Connecticut U.S. Attorney John H. Durham said the defendants are allegedly responsible for bringing a significant amount of cocaine and methamphetamine into Connecticut.
“I thank our federal, state and local law enforcement partners for their diligent efforts in these cases, and our counterparts in the Southern District on New York for coordinating with us in these investigations and today’s take down of the most significant members of this organization,” Durham said.