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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

May 26, 2011

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

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DONALD GATLIN, also known as “Jitt,” 29, of New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 66 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a southeastern Connecticut drug trafficking organization.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 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, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.  The nine-month investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine and crack cocaine, and physical surveillance.  The investigation revealed that, in 2009, Lamont Muller, GATLIN and others were involved in the distribution of large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in southeastern Connecticut.

On October 6, 2010, a jury found GATLIN guilty of six counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base (“crack”) and cocaine.  According to court documents and evidence disclosed during the trial, GATLIN was a significant narcotics trafficker who, with his cousin Marcus Colvin, sold cocaine and crack cocaine, prescription pills, marijuana, heroin, and PCP to customers throughout the New London area.  During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers directed six controlled purchases of crack and cocaine from GATLIN outside of Colvin and GATLIN’s residence at 481 Williams Street in New London.  GATLIN also sold a loaded firearm to an individual working with law enforcement in exchange for $600.

GATLIN has been detained since his arrest on October 30, 2009.  During the execution of a search warrant at 481 Williams Street on that date, law enforcement officers discovered three grams of cocaine, several cell phones, $5,000 in cash, and drug ledgers.  When the officers entered the apartment, they found GATLIN in the bathroom, flushing the toilet, and a white powdery substance all over the floor.  A narcotics canine later alerted to the presence of narcotics in the bathroom area.

On October 6, 2010, the jury found Colvin guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.  He awaits sentencing.

On September 24, 2010, Lamont Muller, also known as “Dell,” pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of marijuana and oxycodone.  On March 30, 2011, he was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony P. Kaplan.

 

CONTACT:

 

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

 

 

 

 

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