Trafficking ring using Sikorsky Airport leads to prison time for Valley man

NEW HAVEN-A Valley man caught in a two-ton marijuana trafficking ring which flew a plane out of Sikorsky Airport will be spending nearly five years in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton sentenced Terrell Givens, 34, of Beacon Falls to 55 months in prison followed by three years of supervision by the U.S. Probation Department. He remains free on $300,000 until Oct. 23 when Arterton ordered him to report to his yet-to-be designated federal prison.

In addition to the prison time, Gives is required to forfeit his 2009 Jaguar XF and about $8,000 in jewelry which investigators tied to profits from the operation.

Givens pleaded guilty May 3 to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than a ton of marijuana and a charge of conspiring to launder money. He was arrested on June 12, 2018. .

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Marc Silverman advised the judge that in 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration began investigating the owner of a single-engine Piper airplane.after noticing it was making numerous flights between Stratford and north California, often traveling through the Southwest. The plane was owned by Donald Burns of Milford.

The investigation determined that on June 28, 2017, Burns flew the aircraft from northern California to Lubbock, Texas. The next day he flew the aircraft from Texas to Arkansas, and then to West Virginia and Connecticut, where he landed in the evening at Sikorsky Airport. After it landed, a law enforcement search of the plane uncovered approximately 400 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed packages leading to Burns’ arrest.

Investigators determined that the marijuana was intended for Robert…

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