States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 23, 2010||
NORWICH BAR OWNER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING NARCOTICS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RODNEY MORGAN, also known as “Red,” 41, of Groton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 49 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, for his role in a southeastern Connecticut drug trafficking organization. On July 12, 2010, MORGAN pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and cocaine.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation. The nine-month investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine and crack cocaine, and physical surveillance. The investigation revealed that, in 2009, Lamont Muller and others were involved in the distribution of large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in southeastern Connecticut.
According to court documents and statements made in court, MORGAN, who owned and operated Red’s Cafe in Norwich, conspired with Muller to procure and distribute oxycodone pills and cocaine. During intercepted phone calls, Muller repeatedly made reference to his “man” in Norwich and needing to get product to this individual, who was subsequently identified as MORGAN. Law enforcement officers conducting surveillance often saw MORGAN and Muller meeting in the area of Shaw Street in New London, which was a center of Muller’s operations. Also, in a series of calls between MORGAN and Muller in early September 2009, MORGAN arranged to purchase 200 “CDs” from Muller. The investigation revealed that, on that day, Muller obtained oxycodone from a third party and then re-sold the pills to MORGAN. In subsequent calls between MORGAN and Muller, they made frequent reference to the procurement of additional “CDs.”
MORGAN was arrested on October 30, 2009, and was released on bond on November 4, 2009. In December 2009, Norwich Police arrested MORGAN after an investigation revealed that an individual allegedly purchased crack cocaine from MORGAN at Red’s Cafe on November 5, 2009. On January 12, 2010, MORGAN’s bond was revoked and he has been detained in federal custody since that date. The state charges are pending.
On September 24, 2010, Muller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”) and a quantity of marijuana and oxycodone. He awaits sentencing.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony P. Kaplan.
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