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Press Release

April 26, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
HARTFORD MAN CHARGED WITH
CRACK DISTRIBUTION, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging DERRICK ALLEN, also known as “D-Rock,” 39, of Cleveland Avenue, Hartford, with one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

The indictment alleges that, on January 27, 2011, ALLEN possessed with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.  The indictment further alleges that, on that date, ALLEN also possessed a .45 caliber pistol in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

The indictment alleges that, prior to January 27, 2011, ALLEN had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in Georgia and Connecticut, including aggravated assault, first and second degree assault, assault of a public safety personnel and sale of illegal drugs.

It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

If convicted of the crack cocaine charge, ALLEN faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million.  If convicted of the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, he faces a mandatory consecutive prison term of five years.  The charge of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

ALLEN has been detained since his arrest on January 27, 2011.

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan S. Freimann and Ndidi N. Moses.

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.

 

CONTACT:

 

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

 

 

 

 

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