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East Hartford Man Sentenced to Five Years
in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

EAST HARTFORD, 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 Terrell Hunter, 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 126 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for making and distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 18, 2009, Hunter was arrested by the Hartford Police after an investigation revealed that he had used an apartment on Vineland Terrace in Hartford to “cook” or convert powder cocaine into crack cocaine. A search of the apartment revealed 2.2 kilograms of crack, as well as many items used to process the drug. Hunter had been released on a bond approximately one month earlier following an arrest by the Hartford Police for distributing crack cocaine.

On May 6, 2011, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). Hunter has been detained since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hartford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brian Leaming and Jonathan Freimann.

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