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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

May 19, 2011

CAREER OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN
FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK IN NEW HAVEN

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RONNIE WASHINGTON, also known as “Gotti,” 30, formerly of Butler Street, New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 240 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department and the Hamden Police Department.  Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug-trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden, and was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.  According to court documents and statements made in court, from June 2010 through October 2010, WASHINGTON regularly purchased distribution quantities of crack cocaine from other members of the drug trafficking organization, and then sold the crack to his own customer base for profit.

On March 1, 2011, WASHINGTON pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Based on WASHINGTON’s criminal history, which includes four state felony convictions for sale of narcotics, WASHINGTON faced enhanced penalties and was sentenced today as a career offender.

U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.

WASHINGTON has been detained since his arrest on November 22, 2010.

Thirty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force (composed of members of members of the New Haven, Ansonia, Milford and East Haven Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Department of Correction), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force (composed of members of the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden and Branford Police Departments), along with substantial participation by members of the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments.  The United States Marshals Service assisted with the arrest of defendants in November and December 2010.

The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Robert M. Spector.

 

CONTACT:

 

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

 

 

 

 

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