News Release
For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Two Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Cocaine

JAN 19 - 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 two men involved in a Hartford-area narcotics distribution ring were sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven.

CARL PATTERSON, also known as “Coolman,” 39, of School Street, East Hartford, was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  On February 19, 2009, PATTERSON sold approximately 64 grams of cocaine for $2500 to an individual working with law enforcement in the driveway of PATTERSON’s home.  On October 13, 2009, PATTERSON pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine.

THOMAS TURNER, also known as “Poker,” 34, of Cary, North Carolina, formerly of Hartford, was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.  On February 3, 2009, Turner sold a kilogram of cocaine to another member of the conspiracy for $35,000.  On November 4, 2009, TURNER pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

This matter stems from “Operation All In,” a long-term Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force investigation into the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Hartford County.  A total of 33 individuals have been charges as a result of the investigation, which has also included the seizure of approximately three kilograms of cocaine, one-half kilogram of crack cocaine, 12 firearms, and approximately $800,000 in cash.  The Government is seeking the forfeiture of several properties, vehicles and other items that were used during the course of the narcotics trafficking activity.

As part of his sentence, PATTERSON was ordered to forfeit $41,030 in cash, four Rolex watches valued at $71,825, and a 2006 Dodge Ram truck, all of which were seized at the time of his arrest on May 27, 2009.

This matter was investigated by a Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, East Hartford, Bloomfield, Bristol, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks Police Departments.  Additional assistance has been provided by the East Central Narcotics Task Force, which includes members from the Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury, and Vernon Police Departments; the Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST), and the Hartford Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).