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Press Release

March 2, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRIAN OTEN, 27, of Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on February 18, 2009, OTEN was arrested by Hartford Police after he was found in possession of approximately 11 grams of crack cocaine that he intended to sell.  OTEN had been released from prison only nine days earlier after serving an unrelated state sentence.

On July 15, 2009, OTEN pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

OTEN has been detained since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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