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Reward Offerred for Info

Accident Reconstruction Detectives in the Hartford Police Department Crime Scene Division are announcing the offer of a $10,000 Reward for information relating to the fatal motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian.

The Hartford Police Department is seeking the public’s and media’s assistance in locating the suspect vehicle in the 2013 fatal motor vehicle accident of a pedestrian, victim - Roberto Manuel Cruz (34 years old of 146 Otis Street, Hartford, CT). On November 24, 2013, at approximately 2:30 am, Mr. Cruz was struck while crossing Maple Ave. by an evading vehicle in this fatal hit and run. Based on video surveillance and vehicle parts recovered from the scene, the evading vehicle is a gray 4 door 2003-2006 Infiniti G35. Vehicle damage would have been front right broken headlight lens and missing right front headlamp, missing right front fender parking light, and likely hood damage. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound beyond 700 Maple Ave with right front end damage.

Through a request from the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office, Governor Malloy has approved a $10,000 (Ten Thousand) reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for this fatal hit and run motor vehicle accident.

Anyone who may have information regarding this vehicle or this accident is asked to call Detective Candice Hendrix at (860) 757-4226. Tips can be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 860 722-TIPS (8477).

HARTFORD DUI CHECKPOINT

HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT (Hartford, CT.)

The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 610 Farmington Avenue.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department’s ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD’s Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

HARTFORD HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED

HARTFORD HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED

TO MORE THAN 13 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON 

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANGEL ROSA, also known as “Mo Betta” and “Fab,” 43, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 165 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a heroin trafficking ring.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from “Operation Solid Sweep,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department into gang-related narcotics trafficking in Hartford’s South End.  The investigation specifically targeted a drug trafficking organization headed by Angel Rosa, also known as “Little” and “Daddy,” who is a member of the Los Solidos street gang, and his cousin, ANGEL ROSA, also known as “Mo Betta” and “Fab.”  ROSA, aka Mo Betta, managed the daily operations of the organization, facilitated the delivery and transportation of large quantities of heroin, and supervised numerous drug sellers, including his own son, who distributed heroin and other narcotics in the Zion Street area.  At times, he also used violence to ensure the success of the organization.

As a result of the investigation, 21 individuals were charged with various federal offenses, and law enforcement officers seized narcotics, one firearm, approximately $230,000 in cash, eight vehicles and jewelry. 

ROSA was arrested on April 11, 2013.  On December 19, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin.

As part of his case, ROSA forfeited $8,767 in cash that was seized from his residence at the time of his arrest, a 2007 Mercedes E550 and a 2006 Harley Davidson XLH1200.

During the investigation, ROSA was on state probation for a similar offense.  In 2006, he was convicted of selling heroin and was sentenced to 17 years of incarceration, suspended after seven years. 

Mo Betta’s son, Angel Rosa, aka “Booby” and “Little Booby,” pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment.  Mo Betta’s cousin, Angel Rosa, aka “Little” and “Daddy,” also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the Connecticut State Police, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut Department of Correction and Connecticut National Guard.  The Connecticut State Police’s Emergency Services Unit, Hartford Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Capital Region Emergency Response Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the New Britain, East Hartford, Wethersfield and Manchester Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Leaming and Patrick Caruso.

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