News Release
For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New London Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Crack Cocaine Charge

JAN 22 - 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 DION ANTHONY, 25, of Williams Street, New London, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of distribution of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on three occasions in July and August 2009, federal and local law enforcement officers made controlled purchases of crack cocaine from ANTHONY in New London.  On October 30, 2009, when executing the arrest warrant for ANTHONY at his residence, officers discovered more than two ounces of powder cocaine, nearly an ounce of crack cocaine, and 15 marijuana plants being grown for sale.

ANTHONY is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on April 10, 2010, at which time ANTHONY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of up to $2 million.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.