News Release
For Immediate Release
Date: September 15, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Stamford Man Sentenced to 70 months in Federal Prison
for selling Narcotics

SEP 15 -- 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 KELCEY JOYNER, 38, of Martin Luther King Drive, Norwalk, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  On May 27, 2010, JOYNER pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 50 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 multiple occasions in October and November 2009, JOYNER purchased a total of approximately 830 grams of crack cocaine, which he then sold in smaller quantities for profit.

        JOYNER has been detained since his arrest on December 3, 2009.  At the time of his arrest, law enforcement officers seized $3147 in cash and a 2004 Toyota Corolla, both of which have been forfeited by JOYNER.

       

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.