Mansa Pleads 'Not Guilty'A federal judge recently refused to release Bethel resident Mark Mansa on bail, declining to overturn another judge’s ruling that the drug trafficking ringleader poses a threat to the community.

Mansa, 46, appeared before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons wearing a khaki prison uniform in Bridgeport for a motion by his lawyer, Peter J. Schaffer, of Stamford, to grant him bail.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Vizcarrando opposed releasing Mansa and said nothing has changed since Magistrate Judge William Garfinkle declared him a “danger to the community” at his arraignment on March 1.