Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and New London Police Chief Brian Wright, announced today ‘ hui that a federal jury in Bridgeport found ANTHONY WHY, also known as ‘Jak Mac’, 47, from New London, and AMY SARCIA, 52, of Stonington, guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering offenses, and Whyte guilty of firearms offenses.
The trial before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden began on September 10 and the jury returned guilty verdicts this afternoon.
This case stems from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut Statewide Narcotics Taskforce East, the Connecticut Department of Correction and the New London, Waterford, City of Groton and Stonington Police Departments, into narcotics distribution and illegal possession guns in Southeast Connecticut. The investigation included court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases and seizures of heroin, cocaine and firearms.
According to evidence presented during the trial, Whyte obtained heroin, fentanyl and cocaine from various sources in Connecticut, New York and elsewhere, and distributed the narcotics to other members of the conspiracy. Whyte’s co-conspirators then sold the drugs to clients and other street drug dealers. Sarcia, who both distributed and used cocaine, accepted drug proceeds from Whyte and provided Whyte with weekly paychecks from his company, Two Wives Pizza, and a federal tax form W-2, with the aim of disguising the proceeds of narcotics as working wages. Sarcia also accepted money from Whyte for allowing her to use three apartments in a building where she managed to store and distribute narcotics.
On February 21, 2019, Whyte, Sarcia and several other accomplices were arrested. On that date, a search of Whyte’s apartment in New London revealed more than 1.5 kilograms of cocaine; about 185 grams of heroin; about 100 grams of fentanyl and fentanyl tablets; 10 firearms, several of which were stolen; and about $ 25,000 in cash. Investigators seized additional narcotics, another firearm and nearly $ 200,000 in cash from other members of the conspiracy.
The jury found Whyte and Sarcia guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute various narcotics and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments (“money laundering”). Whyte was also convicted of three counts of possession with intent to distribute and distributing various narcotics, and one count of possession of a firearm in connection with the crime of drug trafficking.
In sentencing, which is not scheduled, Whyte faces a mandatory minimum jail term of 15 years and a maximum term of life imprisonment, and Sarcia faces a mandatory minimum jail term of five years and a maximum prison sentence of 60 years.
Twenty-three other people indicted as a result of this investigation have already pleaded guilty.
This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, US Marshals Service, Connecticut Statewide Narcotics Taskforce East, Connecticut Department of Correction and New London, Waterford, City of Groton, Stonington, Norwich, Old Saybrook and UConn Police Departments. The case is being pursued by Deputy U.S. Prosecutors Natasha M. Freismuth and Angel M. Krull as part of the Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (OCDETF) program. The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of law enforcement agencies. federal, state and local law. Additional information on the OCDETF program is available at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.