Waterbury Man Pleads Guilty To Involvement In Drug Trafficking Ring – Hartford Courant

HARTFORD—

A Waterbury man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to his role in a drug trafficking ring that brought thousands of oxycodone pills into the state.

Patrick Serafine, 27, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Serafine was one of 20 people — including two police officers and three Transportation Security Administration officers — nabbed in the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Operation Blue Coast,” an investigation of large-scale oxycodone trafficking from Florida to Connecticut.

The investigation targeted two Florida drug dealers — one who recently arrived there from Connecticut — who moved more than 10,000 pills a week to Connecticut by commercial airline.

Authorities said the prescription pain pills were illegally obtained in Florida and sold to numerous Connecticut-based distributors.

Serafine was one of those distributors. On April 8, 2011, agents arrested a Florida resident who was in possession of about 6,000 oxycodone pills. He told agents that he had arranged to sell a portion of the pills to Serafine at a Greenwich hotel.

DEA task force officers went to the hotel and found Serafine there, in possession of $44,500 cash. Serafine was not arrested at the time, but he arranged to buy 4,100 oxycodone pills from the trafficker and enlisted his uncle to complete the transaction on his behalf, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Sentencing is set for July 17. Serafine faces up to 20 years in prison.

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