News Release
For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New Haven Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Involvement in Crack Cocaine Ring

APR 30 -- Steven W. Derr, 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 two men involved in the distribution of crack cocaine in New Haven have been sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport.

JOHN HOBSON, 49, of Fairfax Street, West Haven, was sentenced yesterday, April 28, to 65 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release.  On December 5, 2008, HOBSON pleaded guilty to two counts of using a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking offense.

Today, KEITH WHITE, also known as “Doo Wop,” of Read Street, New Haven, was sentenced to 40 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release.  On October 31, 2008, WHITE pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking offense.

In January 2008, HOBSON, WHITE and 15 others were charged by indictment for their alleged involvement in a significant crack cocaine trafficking operation in and around the Newhallville section of New Haven.  The Indictment stemmed from “Operation No Nonsense,” an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Task Force, which is composed of agents and officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, HOBSON and WHITE regularly obtained crack cocaine from co-defendants in the case, which they in turn sold throughout the New Haven area.  The Government’s evidence includes court-authorized recordings of telephone calls in which HOBSON, WHITE and others discussed the purchase and sale of crack cocaine with either Mauriel Glover or Roshaun Hoggard, and arranged to procure redistribution quantities of the drug.

Glover and Hoggard await sentencing.  This case has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department, the West Haven Police Department, the Shelton Police Department, the  Meriden Police Department and the Branford Police Department.  The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants in the case.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney H. Gordon Hall, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and Assistant United States Attorneys William M. Brown, Jr. and David Huang.