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New Haven Man Sentenced to More Than Eight Years
in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack

NEW HAVEN, CT. – 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 Javon Moorning, also known as “Lil Red,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department and the Hamden Police Department. Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug-trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden, and was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between December 2009 and April 2010, law enforcement officers conducted three controlled purchases of crack cocaine, totaling more than 26 grams, from Moorning. At the time Moorning was serving a term of special parole.

Moorning’s criminal history includes multiple state convictions for narcotics trafficking and other offenses.

On April 13, 2011, Moorning pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Forty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.


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