News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Phone: 617-557-2138

September 10, 2008

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison
for Trafficking Crack Cocaine

SEP 10 --         Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERRY HENDERSON, also known as “Mackey,” 33, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Asheboro, North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday, September 3, by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 240 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).  HENDERSON pleaded guilty to the offense on November 13, 2007.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, between May 2006 and July 2006, HENDERSON, Marc Barrett and HENDERSON’s brother, Abdul Baxter, also known as “Chris,” conspired to distribute wholesale quantities of crack cocaine in Bridgeport.  With the assistance of an undercover officer, law enforcement was able to infiltrate the conspiracy and obtain substantial amounts of crack from HENDERSON and his co-conspirators. Barrett and Baxter each have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

On March 26, 2008, HENDERSON’s uncle, Clyde Baxter, also known as “Chopper,” was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for his involvement in distributing crack cocaine with Abdul Baxter.  All four defendants have extensive criminal histories and multiple convictions for narcotics distribution.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from the Norwalk Police Department, into the distribution of controlled substances throughout Fairfield County.