Seven Bridgeport men charged with heroin trafficking
There are seven fewer heroin dealers on the streets of Connecticut thanks to a FBI drug bust in Bridgeport that happened in the early morning on Tuesday, June 7.
Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, announced in a press release that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment later that day, which formally charged seven Bridgeport residents with heroin trafficking offenses.
All seven men — Marcus Milton, 50; Kareem Roseboro, aka “Swiss,” 41; Harry Blake, aka “Harry-O” or “O,” 33; Roy Trotter, aka “Nez,” 33; Glen Porter, aka “Kuran,” 30; Michael Bennett, 28; Jonathan Zayas, 22 — were arrested June 7 and charged in the eight-count indictment.
The indictment charges each defendant with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
Patricia M. Ferrick, a special agent in charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bridgeport Police Chief Armando J. Perez made a joint statement with the district attorney.
According to a press release, the indictment stems from a joint investigation conducted by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force into the distribution of heroin in and around Bridgeport.
“The investigation has included court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of heroin,” the joint statement said.
The release added that during the course of the investigation and in association with the drug-related arrests, investigators have seized multiple bricks of heroin, items used in the processing and packaging of heroin, and five firearms.
“A brick of heroin contains 100 individual dose bags,” Special Agent Ferrick and Chief Perez said.
If convicted of intent to distribute heroin, Roseboro, Blake, Bennett, Zayas and Milton face a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years based on the quantity of heroin.
Porter and Trotter face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, the release said.
In addition, the indictment charges Blake, Bennett, Zayas, Porter, Trotter and Milton with one or more counts of possessing with intent to distribute heroin.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport saw the seven defendants in court Tuesday. The report said they are currently detained.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.
“Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” she said.
U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, based in New Haven, will oversee the case.
The Trumbull Police Department and its K9 unit will help investigate the matter along with the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department.
In addition, the the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, Stratford Police Department, and Stamford Police Department will provide assistance.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina P. Reynolds and H. Gordon Hall will be the lead prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Daly said.