L.A. Gang Member Allegedly Trucked Coke To Waterbury

Jonathan Shugarts (Republican-American)

June 30, 2010

Luis Cedillo, a Mexican national who police say became a gang member on the streets of the Los Angeles suburbs, wound up driving semi-trucks loaded with cocaine from the Mexican border to the streets of Waterbury, court records say.

A police informant entrenched in Cedillo’s organization reported that Cedillo’s associates left garages in the South End carrying bags — in some cases kilos — of cocaine smuggled from the Mexico border.

Cedillo and several associates were arrested earlier this month by state police. Recently unsealed documents obtained by the Republican-American indicate Cedillo is connected to the Mexican Mafia, a notoriously violent gang known for drug smuggling and brutal murders in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Investigators believe the ring has smuggled and sold cocaine in the Waterbury area since 2006, using several “front” businesses and a network of men who used coded language to hide their transactions, calling their drugs “work” and “crazy ladies.”

At the center of what police described as an “ongoing criminal enterprise,” was 2122 South Main St., a one-story garage with two bays that investigators say was a front for cocaine transactions. When a reporter visited the car repair shop Tuesday, two sweating men working on an SUV in the afternoon sun just laughed slightly and shook their heads when they were told police believe the building was used for cocaine distribution.

Police say the owner of the garage, 42-year-old Moises Valentin, met with Cedillo multiple times, swapping a large amount of cash for 4 kilograms during one sale that took place inside the business.

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1 Comment for “L.A. Gang Member Allegedly Trucked Coke To Waterbury”

  1. Ty Ty

    Alonzo are you certain isn’t a news plant. The story only appeared in one local newspaper with a narrow minded scope in regard to Mexicans. There aren’t any corresponding press releases on the New Haven DEA or FBI websites and all of the other links to the article aren’t active. Didn’t it seem strange that there weren’t any comments from a law enforcement official and no listing of participating agencies?

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