In federal court, Seymour lawyer accused of money laundering in drug trafficking enterprise

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A Waterbury man convicted of participating in a drug-trafficking ring has testified that a Seymour lawyer was laundering money.

Bruce Yazdzik said in U.S. District Court in New Haven Tuesday that Ralph Crozier knew Yazdzik's money came from drug sales and that he helped Yazdzik establish businesses and make investments to make the money seem legitimate.

Crozier's attorney Michael Hillis, said Crozier was asked by federal authorities for help in an investigation about corruption in Waterbury after he was detained last year and was indicted when he couldn't tell them anything.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale described Crozier as Yazdzik's "do everything" lawyer who went too far.

The case centers on $30,000 that Yazdzik said he invested in Brightside Solar, a company run by Crozier's law partner in Seymour.

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