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Press Release

February 11, 2011

NEW LONDON MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FIVE
YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FOREST HEMPSTEAD, also known as “J,” 26, formerly of Raymond Street, New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 62 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  On August 30, 2010, HEMPSTEAD pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 21, 2009, law enforcement officers purchased approximately 27 grams of crack cocaine from HEMPSTEAD in New London.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), 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, and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Connecticut’s cities.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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