STAMFORD, Conn. — A 32-year-old Stamford man will spend three-and-a-half years behind bars for distributing oxycodone and other drugs in the city, federal prosecutors said.
Besim Muriqi was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release, said U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.
The case began in January 2015, when Stamford Police received information that Amonda Mendez, also known as “M-Dot” and “Dot,” was distributing narcotics in Stamford, according to court documents and statements made in court.
Between February and April 2015, the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force conducted four controlled purchases of narcotics from Mendez. A court-authorized wiretap confirmed that Mendez was distributing heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, including Percocet and Xanax.
In May 2015, task force agents intercepted several narcotics-related calls between Muriqi and Mendez, and also conducted surveillance on them as they traveled together to the Bronx, N.Y., to purchase narcotics.
Mendez was arrested May 17, 2015, after the wiretap revealed that she had been injured the previous day in a shoot-out with another individual and she might be preparing to retaliate further. Muriqi then left Connecticut.
But in September 2016, agents received information that Muriqi was selling oxycodone in the Stamford area. On Sept. 14, 2016, investigators made a controlled purchase of 10 30mg oxycodone pills from him.
On Oct. 26, 2016, investigators conducted a traffic stop of Muriqi's vehicle in Stamford. A search of the vehicle turned up a total of 558 30mg oxycodone pills, and he was arrested on state drug charges.
Two days later, a search of his Stamford apartment found 400 Valium tablets, 985 Xanax tablets, 15 grams of cocaine, two digital scales and narcotics packaging materials.
On April 11, 2017, Muriqi pleaded to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
Mendez pleaded guilty to heroin distribution and firearm offenses and, on June 23, 2016, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
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