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Southeastern Connecticut Residents Charged in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

Publication date: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Joshua W. McCallister, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Town of Groton Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro, Jr., today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment yesterday charging CARLOS ANTONIO CRESPO-FEBUS, 40, of New London, and STEVEN COLLAZO, 30, of Groton, for their alleged involvement in a scheme to receive large quantities of cocaine from Puerto Rico through the U.S. Mail for distribution in Connecticut and elsewhere.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, in April 2021, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating a cocaine trafficking operation headed by Crespo-Febus.  The investigation revealed that Crespo-Febus was coordinating the shipment of parcels, typically containing two kilograms of cocaine, from U.S. Post Offices in Puerto Rico to various “drop addresses” in New London County.  Collazo, who served as the primary “runner” for Crespo-Febus, picked up parcels from the drop addresses and delivered them to Crespo-Febus at Crespo-Febus’s New London residence.

It is further alleged that investigators have intercepted and seized more than 12 kilograms of cocaine that were mailed from Puerto Rico to Connecticut, and have identified dozens of other suspicious parcels that likely contained kilogram quantities of cocaine.

Crespo-Febus and Collazo were arrested on federal criminal complaints on September 20, 2021.

The indictment charges Crespo-Febus and Collazo with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.  Based on his prior conviction for a serious violent felony, namely second degree murder, Crespo-Febus faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years if he is convicted of the charge.

Crespo-Febus is currently detained and Collazo is released on a $100,000 bond.

Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle 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.

This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Narcotics and Bulk Cash Trafficking Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the New London and Town of Groton Police Departments.  The Task Force includes members from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Connecticut Army National Guard, and the Hartford, New Britain, Meriden and Town of Groton Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Konstantin Lantsman.

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USAO - Connecticut;
United States Postal Service OIG