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West Haven Gang Member Gets 30 Years In Drug-Related Murder

A West Haven gang member was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Thursday in connection with a drug-related murder in 2011, the U.S. attorneys office said.

Trevor Murphy, 29, also faces five years of supervised released in the slaying of Joseph Zargo on Dec. 23, 2011, the attorney’s office said in a news release. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using a firearm and in relation to a crime of violence.

Murphy set up a purchase of ecstasy from Zurgo and pulled out a firearm when Zurgo handed the narcotics over. Murphy shot him once in the chest and Zurgo died the following morning, the release said.

Murphy was a member of the Red Side Guerilla Brims, a Bloods street gang based in New Haven, before it was dismantled in 2015 by a joint operation of New Haven police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the release said.

The operation resulted in the convictions of 21 gang members and the investigation helped resolve 7 murder cases, four attempted murders and four armed robberies that occurred in 2011 and 2012, the release said.

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