DANBURY, Conn. -- A 27-year-old man from Bedford Hills, N.Y., man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for his role in two violent home invasions in Danbury as well as drug trafficking, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Scott Myrie, also known as “Venom,” had been under surveillance by the Danbury Police Department since January 2013 due to his connection to a narcotics trafficking network that maintained a series of drug distribution locations, known as trap houses, in Danbury, Daly said.
The organization also rented hotel rooms where it packaged and distributed narcotics. During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the individuals who headed the drug-trafficking ring had organized and committed armed home invasion robberies of marijuana dealers.
Myrie participated in home invasion robberies on Jan. 30 and Feb. 18, 2013. During both of these robberies, and a third robbery in which Myrie did not participate, several men wearing masks and armed with firearms forced entry into the residence of a known marijuana dealer.
Once inside, the perpetrators attempted to or did steal marijuana and cash. In each instance, the perpetrators pistol-whipped a victim and threatened to kill others within the home, Daly said.
Myrie was armed with a .32-caliber handgun during both of the robberies in which he participated, and children were present in both homes, she said.
During the robbery Feb. 18, 2013, Myrie struck a male victim in the head with the handgun repeatedly before dropping the gun during a struggle.
Investigators recovered the gun and found that it was fully loaded. Myrie has been detained since his arrest on Oct. 16, 2013. He pleaded guilty Aug. 22, 2014, to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of attempted interference with commerce by robbery.
The matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Danbury Police Department. The DEA Task Force includes personnel from the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments.
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