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.
On April 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm HPD Officers observed what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident on Albany Ave. Upon Investigation officers discovered the operator of the vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound to his hand. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment. Investigation revealed that the victim, 36yo male of Enfield CT., was at Popeye’s on Albany Ave. in his car when he was approached by a single male suspect displaying a firearm. The victim reported that a struggle ensued and he accelerated away. At this point he was shot, and crashed his vehicle. HPD Major Crimes Division detectives responded and began the investigation
Detectives reviewed surveillance cameras in the Popeye’s parking lot. The video and investigation show that the suspect approached the victim’s vehicle on foot. The suspect, who displayed a firearm, relieved the victim of his wallet, then ordered the victim from the vehicle in an apparent carjacking attempt. The victim and the suspect began to struggle over the gun. During the struggle, the victim sustained a NLT GSW to the left hand. The suspect fled on foot northbound on Lenox Street.
The investigation continued with HPD Major Crimes Detectives responding to St. Francis Hospital in order to speak with the victim. Coincidently, while at St. Francis Hospital, they were approached by East Hartford Police Detectives who were investigating another person in the hospital for a gunshot wound to his right leg. This person gave an account of his gunshot wound that was not plausible and he gave various name and date of birth combinations, in an obvious attempt to frustrate law enforcement in their attempt to reveal his true identity. The HPD Detectives noted that this individual was consistent in appearance to the suspect depicted in the surveillance footage from Popeye’s. He was subsequently identified by the victim as the suspect involved in the robbery / shooting at 964 Albany Avenue.
He was positively identified as Gregory McDade 03/04/87 of 29 Norfolk Street Hartford, CT. McDade’s gunshot wound to his leg was accidental and self-inflicted as it occurred during the struggle with the victim.
McDade was interviewed and gave a detailed verbal confession regarding the robbery / shooting at 964 Albany Avenue.
McDade was arrested on the following charges; Assault 1st degree, Robbery 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm on a $1,000,000 bond.
McDade is well known to law enforcement, he is presently on Parole and is a convicted felon.
On April 25, 2014 Detectives from the Hartford Police Special Investigations Division (SID) applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Kelvin Grisales. This is the result of an ongoing investigation with the Hartford Police Department and the New Britain Police Department related to several sexual assaults. This warrant is for an alleged sexual assault which occurred in March of 2012. The circumstances of this investigation are consistent with a serial pattern evident in Hartford and New Britain.
On March 27, 2014 Grisales was arrested in Hartford for Sexual Assault 1st with a firearm (and other related charges). Based on the dynamics of this case, Grisales became a suspect in several other sexual assault investigations. Evidence obtained at the scenes of these incidents and sent to the State lab has also linked Grisales to this pattern. The Hartford Police Department is asking any other victims or anyone with information to contact Sgt. Sonia Watson at 860-757-4041.
Grisales, who is currently incarcerated, is expected in court tomorrow where the warrant will be served. This investigation is ongoing.
Kelvin Grisales was charged with:
1. Assault 1st,
2. Sexual Assault 1st,
3. Patronizing a Prostitute from a MV,
4. Kidnapping 1st,
5. Impersonation of a Police Officer &
6. Threatening 2nd