Ansonia Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Crack Cocaine Charge
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that OSBORNE A. TATE, age 43, of 79 Elm Street, Ansonia, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before Chief United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to possession of 138 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
TATE was charged in a one-count indictment with possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base weighing more than 50 grams. According to documents filed with the court and statements made during today’s proceedings, on November 11, 2003, after an Ansonia police officer stopped the automobile TATE was driving because the car was not properly registered in Connecticut, TATE threw a punch at the officer and began to fight. As TATE and the officer struggled on the ground, TATE reached into the waist band of his pants, took out two bundles and threw them away. One bundle was grabbed by another individual, who then escaped, while the other bundle was secured by a second police officer on the scene. The bundle retrieved by the officer was later determined to contain almost five ounces of crack.
After his arrest, officers frisked TATE and found two additional one-eighth ounce packages, referred to as “eight balls,” in TATE’s jacket pocket and $2,579 in cash in his pants pocket. TATE’s car was later searched and a quantity of marijuana and an electronic scale coated with crack cocaine residue were found in the back seat.
The offense to which TATE pleaded guilty is punishable by mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, a maximum term of life and a fine of up to $4,000,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 31, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
This case was investigated by officers of the Ansonia Police Department with assistance from agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.