Bridgeport Woman Sentenced to 44 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Southwest Connecticut Crack Ring
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 15, 2009|
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SASHA KOPPEL, 23, of Boston Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday, December 14, by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 44 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
On February 14, 2008, a federal grand jury returned a 30-count Indictment charging KOPPEL and 21 other individuals with various federal drug trafficking, firearm, and witness tampering offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in southwestern Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, KOPPEL’s involvement in the conspiracy included distributing crack cocaine to street-level dealers and her own customers.
KOPPEL has been detained since her arrest on February 20, 2008.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, which is composed of members of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Fairfield and Stamford Police Departments. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Lee Dayton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.