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

Hartford Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison
for Selling Cocaine

FEB 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 STEVEN D. KEATON, also known as “Perc” and “Percy,” 36, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his involvement in a Hartford-area narcotics distribution ring.  On November 5, 2009, KEATON 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.

KEATON was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap ordering distribution quantities of cocaine from another member of the conspiracy, which KEATON then sold to others.

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).