Meriden man among 25 federally charged in Waterbury drug ring

Meriden man among 25 federally charged in Waterbury drug ring



A Meriden man is one of 25 federally charged in an alleged Waterbury drug ring.

Sunji Cramer, 39, was taken into custody after a grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment on March 13 charging 25 men and women with with conspiracy to distribute various quantities of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Nineteen Waterbury residents were named in the indictment, as well as two Naugatuck residents, a New Haven resident, a West Hartford resident and a New York resident.

Four others who were also named in the indictment are still being sought. They were not immediately identified.

Through the investigation, police determined Waterbury man Keith Jordan, also known as “Knowledge,” acquired large quantities of heroin and cocaine and sold the drugs to street-level distributors in the area, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

Authorities seized about 3,000 bags of heroin, 400 grams of cocaine, 400 grams of heroin, 350 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl and 20 pounds of marijuana, in addition to four cars, four handguns and $120,000 cash, the statement said.

The men and women reportedly conspired to distribute narcotics between February 2018 and March 2019.

“It is alleged that members of this drug trafficking organization distributed significant quantities of heroin and cocaine in and around Waterbury,” said U.S. Attorney John H. Durham. “The opioid epidemic, which in large part has led to the deaths of far too many people from heroin and fentanyl overdoes, continues to destroy lives across our state. 

“We thank the DEA Task Force members, including the Waterbury and Naugatuck Police Departments, for their outstanding work in this investigation,” Durham said. “Their efforts literally have saved lives.”

The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force and the Waterbury and Naugatuck Police Departments, and included the use of wiretaps, surveillance, and controlled purchases.

Twenty three of the 25 charged in custody appeared in New Haven Federal Court Wednesday. Nineteen of them are currently detained.

“DEA is committed to investigating and dismantling poly drug trafficking organizations like this one operating in the Waterbury area,” said Brian Boyle Special Agent in Charge of the DEA for New England.  “This organization was responsible for supplying large quantities of heroin and cocaine throughout the streets of Connecticut.  Let these arrests serve as an example to those who distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives, that DEA will aggressively pursue and hold you accountable.”

— Bryan Lipiner


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