Leader of New Haven Crack Distribution Ring Sentenced to
June W. Stansbury, 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, today announced that JULIUS MOORNING, also known as "Red," age 35, formerly of 25 Fowler Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 210 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 1.5 kilograms or more of cocaine base ("crack" cocaine). MOORNING pleaded guilty to the offense on October 12, 2004, and also admitted that he organized a large, New Haven-based drug trafficking ring, and possessed a firearm in furtherance of that activity.
"This charge stems from an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Task Force, composed of agents and officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New Haven and West Haven Police Departments. According to information disclosed in court proceedings, in late 2003, the Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine throughout the New Haven area by MOORNING and his associates. A variety of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques were employed by the Task Force, including court-authorized wiretaps. The investigation disclosed that MOORNING and his associates, Edward Hines, Rodney Nelson and Michele Groom, were obtaining large quantities of crack and powder cocaine and transporting it to New Haven for resale. The crack and cocaine were then sold to local distributors in the Newhallville, Dwight-Kensington, Hill, Fair Haven, Eastern Circle, Westville, Brookside and West Hills sections of New Haven, and in Derby and West Haven, Connecticut.
MOORNING, Hines, Nelson and Groom were arrested in April 2004, and they were subsequently indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges with 45 other individuals. In association with searches conducted at the time the defendants in this matter were arrested, a large quantity of crack cocaine and more than $88,000 was seized by law enforcement.
Judge Hall has sentenced Hines, Nelson and Groom to 80 months, 144 months and 120 months of imprisonment, respectively.