News Release
For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

South Windham Man Found Guilty of Federal Drug and
Gun Charges

SEP 25 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found ANTHONY PAGE, also known as “Ant,” 32, of South Windham, guilty of various narcotics distribution and illegal firearm possession charges.  The trial before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny began on September 21 and the jury returned the verdicts yesterday, September 23.

According to the evidence disclosed during the trial, in December 2007, PAGE orchestrated the delivery of more than five grams of crack cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement.  PAGE also employed a co-conspirator to deliver crack cocaine and heroin to customers and accept money from the customers.  The evidence further revealed that PAGE used residences on Boswell Avenue in Norwich to store and distribute crack cocaine, and used a residence at 143 Hickory Street in Norwich as the distribution point for heroin trafficking.  During a court-authorized search of the Hickory Street location on July 24, 2008, law enforcement agents recovered heroin and a loaded Smith & Wesson .45 caliber revolver and heroin.  Subsequent DNA analysis linked the firearm to PAGE.

PAGE has been incarcerated since his arrest on July 24, 2008.

The jury found PAGE guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for December 14, 2009, at which time PAGE faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on the charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin; and a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  PAGE also faces a fine of up to $4.25 million.

This matter stems from a long-term coordinated investigation dubbed “Operation Jersey Barrier,” which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Norwich Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.