News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2006

New London Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

NOV 2 -- 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, today announced that CHRISTOPHER MIMS, age 23, of 27 Michael Road, New London, Connecticut, pleaded guilty yesterday, November 1, before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to a one-count Indictment charging him with distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).  The Indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on June 14, 2006.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on February 7, 2006, a cooperating witness working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) purchased $1000 worth of crack cocaine from MIMS.  The controlled purchase of the drugs was tape recorded by the cooperating witness and surveilled by DEA and ATF special agents and New London Police officers.

MIMS is scheduled to be sentenced on January 26, 2007, by Chief United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny, at which time MIMS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of 40 years.  MIMS has been detained without bond since the date of his federal arrest on July 14, 2006.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New London Police Department.