News Release
For Immediate Release
July 30, 2010

Stamford Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Cocaine

JUL 30 -- 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 ANDRE MALCOLM, also known as “Dre,” 25, of Warren Street, Stamford was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to five months of imprisonment, followed by five months in community confinement (halfway house), for selling cocaine.  MALCOLM also was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his release from community confinement.  On March 8, 2010, MALCOLM pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 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 and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  As a result of the investigation, a total of 51 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Stamford area.  During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $164,000 in cash, more than one kilogram of cocaine and approximately 750 grams of crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, during a one-week period in November 2009, MALCOLM was involved in three transactions involving less than 25 grams of cocaine.  During that same time period, MALCOLM also tried to arrange for a fourth transaction to buy cocaine for resale.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s DEA’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.