News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2007

New London Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Crack Cocaine Charge

APR 26 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcment Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LANCELOT HODGE, also known as “Doughboy,” age 30, of Coleman Street in New London, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of possession of five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on December 20, 2005, New London Police officers arrested HODGE shortly after they observed him engaging in a hand-to-hand drug transaction with a woman in the parking lot of the New London Mall. When he was taken into custody, HODGE was found to be in possession of a small bag of marijuana and $4,579 in U.S. Currency. Thereafter, a strip search of HODGE revealed that he was also in possession of 47 grams of crack cocaine. After his arrest, HODGE was released on bond.

On January 30, 2006, detectives from the Norwich Police Department received information from a cooperating witness who had knowledge of a crack cocaine operation being run by an individual he knew as “Doughboy” who was from New London, but sometimes delivered crack cocaine to the Norwich area. The cooperating witness had obtained information that Doughboy would be delivering crack cocaine to an individual in Norwich that evening. Later, detectives observed Doughboy, who was subsequently identified at HODGE, operating a vehicle in the area where the drug delivery was to occur. Detectives approached HODGE’s vehicle and, after a consent search of the vehicle, found approximately 23 grams of crack cocaine in a plastic sandwich bag in HODGE’s sweatshirt pocket. HODGE was then placed under arrest.

Judge Covello has scheduled sentencing for July 17, 2007, at which time HODGE faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. The Government believes that HODGE qualifies as a career offender and, according to the plea agreement filed with the Court, HODGE faces a federal sentencing guidelines range of 188 months to 235 months of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, together with officers and detectives from the New London Police Department and the Norwich Police Department.