News Release
For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Hartford Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Role in Crack Distribution Ring

JAN 7 - 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, announced that KARVASIK CALDWELL, also known as “Country,” 35, formerly of Cleveland Avenue, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release.  On July 26, 2007, CALDWELL pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

This matter stems from a six-month investigation by the Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force that included the use of a variety of investigative techniques including controlled purchases of crack cocaine, federal wiretaps over a two-month period and physical surveillance.  The investigation followed an increase in drug trafficking activity and associated violence in the vicinity of the South Marshall Street area of Hartford.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation revealed that CALDWELL provided cocaine to co-defendant Byron Turner knowing that Turner intended to convert the cocaine into crack cocaine, and then distribute it to other crack dealers.

This investigation resulted in the indictment of 14 defendants on federal narcotics and firearms charges.  In addition, search and seizure warrants executed during the investigation resulted in the seizure of firearms, significant quantities of powder cocaine and crack cocaine, narcotics paraphernalia, cash, and six vehicles utilized in furtherance of drug trafficking activities.
In addition to his term of imprisonment, CALDWELL has forfeited $13,000 in cash that he possessed at the time of his arrest.

On May 11, 2007, Turner pleaded guilty to several federal narcotics offenses.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hartford Police Department, the Bloomfield Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the East Hartford Police Department, and the Mid-State Narcotics Task Force.