States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|May 24, 2011||
FEDERAL JURY FINDS GROTON MAN GUILTY OF SELLING CRACK COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found JASON ROBINSON, also known as “Minx,” 43, of Groton, guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and two counts of distribution of cocaine base. The trial before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny began on May 18 and the jury returned the verdict yesterday, May 23.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, which included recorded phone calls and covert video and audio recordings, in the summer of 2009, ROBINSON twice sold approximately 14 grams of crack cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement in exchange for $600.
Following the jury’s verdict, ROBINSON, who had been released on bond after his arrest on October 30, 2009, was ordered detained pending sentencing.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for August 4, 2011, at which time ROBINSON faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.
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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.
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