Melillo is one of more than 100 people charged as a part of the “Operation Bloodline” investigation into narcotics trafficking and gang violence in sections of New Haven, said Deirdre M. Daly, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, in a statement.
The investigation showed that Melillo conspired with others to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, Daly said. He was arrested on May 22, 2012, Daly said. On Feb. 29, 2013 Melillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and oxycodone and conspiracy with intent to distribute, Daly said.
The year-long investigation was headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden police departments, Daly said.
The investigation included use of court-approved wiretaps on telephones, physical surveillance, controlled narcotics purchases, execution of search warrants and seizures of firearms and narcotics, Daly said.