News Release
For Immediate Release
December 08, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison
for Distributing Crack Cocaine

DEC 08 -- 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 CHKAN HODGE, also known as “Shock Rock,” 32, of Garfield Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  On February 9, 2010, HODGE pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

        This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force 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, on two occasions in November 2009, HODGE purchased crack cocaine for redistribution. On November 17, 2009, he was arrested by Stamford Police in possession of 14 grams of crack cocaine.  HODGE was on state probation at the time, which stemmed from another drug distribution offense.

        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.