News Release
July 13, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Stamford Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison for
Selling Narcotics

JUL 13 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CLAYTON BENJAMIN, also known as “Compton,” 32, of Lafayette Boulevard, Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  On March 25, 2010, BENJAMIN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Big Loot,” a six-month investigation that was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  As a result of the investigation, a total of 52 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Stamford area.  During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $165,000 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, two kilograms of crack cocaine, five firearms and several vehicles.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on 19 occasions in August and September 2009, BENJAMIN purchased between 35 and 50 grams of crack cocaine from another member of the conspiracy, and then sold the crack in smaller quantities for profit.  At the time, BENJAMIN was on supervised release as a result of a previous federal conviction for illegally possessing a firearm.

Judge Arterton found that BENJAMIN qualified as a career offender, based on four prior convictions in state court for selling drugs.

BENJAMIN has been detained since his arrest on September 9, 2009.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien, Greenwich and Danbury Police Departments assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants.