FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2005
HARTFORD COCAINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement
Administration in New England and Kevin J. O'Connor, United States Attorney
for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERMAINE CLARKE, age
29, of Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced today to 30 months of imprisonment,
followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine.
United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson imposed sentence this
morning in Hartford federal court. CLARKE is subject to deportation to
Jamaica upon completion of his term of imprisonment.
On July 25, 2002, CLARKE pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging him with
conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
The charge stems from CLARKE's attempt to smuggle three kilograms of cocaine
aboard a Continental Airlines flight departing Bradley International Airport.
As revealed in court proceedings, on July 21, 2000, CLARKE and John Butler,
who was also charged in this matter, arrived at Bradley International Airport
minutes before Continental Airlines Flight No. 3681 was about to depart for
Los Angeles, California. CLARKE and Butler paid cash for two one-way tickets
and then boarded the flight. Butler was carrying a gym bag that concealed three
kilograms of cocaine. Before the flight departed, CLARKE and Butler were removed
from the flight to speak with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration,
and the flight ultimately left without them. Butler left the bag containing
the three kilograms of cocaine under the seat in front of him. The cocaine
was discovered by a flight attendant during the lay-over in Cleveland, Ohio.
As revealed in earlier court proceedings, Butler had smuggled the three kilograms
from California to Hartford the previous day. However, CLARKE and co-conspirator
Anthony Chavis inspected the cocaine and decided to return it since it was
of poor quality. CLARKE acknowledged during his guilty plea that he and Butler
intended to return the three kilograms of cocaine to another individual in
On February 15, 2005, Butler was sentenced by Judge Thompson to 60 months of
imprisonment. On December 22, 2003, Chavis was sentenced by Senior United States
District Judge Alfred V. Covello to 120 months of imprisonment.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.