News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2007

New London Man Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Federal Prison For Dealing Crack

NOV 28 -- 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 LANCELOT HODGE, also known as “Doughboy,” 31, of Coleman Street, New London, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On April 26, 2007, HODGE pleaded guilty 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.

This prosecution is part of an ongoing federal, state and local law enforcement effort to quell violence fueled by the drug trade in southeastern Connecticut. On December 1, 2005, Deshawn Stewart was killed in a hit and run in retaliation for a gunpoint robbery of two individuals in New London in which he took part. Following Stewart’s death, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intensified its relationship with the New London and Norwich Police Departments in order to investigate narcotics and firearms trafficking in the area, and target habitual offenders and individuals with violent histories for federal prosecution. To date, more than 30 individuals have been charged with federal crimes as a result of this joint investigative effort. Several additional individuals have been prosecuted by the New London States Attorney’s Office. The effort, which has expanded to include several additional police departments and the Connecticut State Police, also has removed more than two dozen illegal firearms from the streets.

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.