News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 26, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Three Norwich Residents Indicted for Narcotics Trafficking

NOV 26 --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, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford has returned an Indictment charging three Norwich residents on narcotics distribution charges.

The Indictment, which was returned yesterday, November 25, charges KAREEM SWINTON, 27, and his wife, SAKINAH SWINTON, also known as “Sakinah Banks,” 37, formerly of Broad Street in Norwich, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”) and 500 grams or more of cocaine.  The Indictment further charges KAREEM SWINTON, SAKINAH SWINTON and CAMERON ANDREWS, also known as “Cam” and “Sherman Anderson,” 30, also formerly of Broad Street, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.  Finally, the Indictment charges SAKINAH SWINTON with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

If convicted, the SWINTONS each face a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of up to $2 million.  ANDREWS, if convicted, faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.

KAREEM SWINTON was arrested on June 12, 2008.  SAKINAH SWINTON and CAMERON ANDREWS were arrested on July 24, 2008.  The defendants have been detained since their arrests.

Acting United States Attorney Nora R. Dannehy stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it is the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This prosecution is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative and a long-term, coordinated investigation dubbed “Operation Jersey Barrier.”  This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Norwich Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police’s Statewide Narcotics Task Force.