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Hartford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Narcotics Trafficking Ring

JUL 15 (HARTFORD, Conn.) -Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Anthony Harrington, also known as “Tone,” 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into a narcotics trafficking operation headed by Luther Nance, also known as “Papers” and “Cash.”  The investigation, which included numerous controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance, revealed that Nance and his associates sold crack cocaine and heroin in several communities throughout Connecticut utilizing multiple bases of operation, including a house on Carroll Road in East Hartford, the Sheldon Oaks housing complex in Hartford and an apartment on Valley Street in Willimantic.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Harrington obtained crack cocaine from other members of the conspiracy, supplied the drug to other dealers and also sold it to his own customers in the Hartford area and in Providence, R.I.


On June 27, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a 51-count superseding indictment charging Harrington, Nance and 13 other individuals with narcotics conspiracy and related offenses.


Harrington has been detained since his arrest on June 13, 2013.  On March 27, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Harrington’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


On March 7, 2014, Nance pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, and one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering.  He is detained while awaiting sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford, and the Hartford, Willimantic, East Hartford, Enfield and Middletown Police Departments.

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