Residents on Angel Drive didn’t exactly wake up to a peaceful morning in their neighborhood on Tuesday.
At around 6:30am, agents with the FBI, the ATF, and officers with the Waterbury and Watertown Police Departments stormed onto that street and entered several buildings in the area — searching for men they believe are involved in a drug ring that has resulted in heroin and cocaine being spread throughout the city.
The raid ended with the arrests of eleven men who are now charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base. Waterbury’s Interim Police Chief, Fernando Spagnolo, calls this is a victory in his city’s battle against drugs and gangs. Chief Spagnolo tells News8 all of the men arrested are affiliated with the ATM gang, which has been involved in violent activity throughout the city.
“Oh this is huge,” said Chief Spagnolo. “It sends a strong message to members of the gangs that are located here in Waterbury that we are not going to tolerate this activity.”
The arrests are the result of a seven-month, joint investigation by the FBI, ATF, and the Waterbury PD. They all say heroin and cocaine were being spread throughout the city as part of an on-going drug ring.The investigation employed investigative techniques, including undercover drug buys by confidential sources, seizures of drugs during motor vehicle stops, surveillance, and court-authorized wiretaps on cell phones utilized by some of the suspects.
Each suspect could face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to a million dollars, a term of supervised release of at last 3 years up to life, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
“I feel good,” said Chief Spagnolo. “I think this was a great show of support from our federal partners and show of support to the city that we’re not going to tolerate this behavior here.”