States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|July 11, 2011||
TEN INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that an additional 10 individuals have been charged with various federal narcotics distribution offenses related to a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking organization based in the Newhallville sections of New Haven and Hamden and operating throughout the New Haven area.
This matter stems from a long-term 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. The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
According to court documents and statements made in court, through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug-trafficking organization, allegedly headed by Joseph Jackson, which was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden. The organization is alleged to have distributed crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area. On November 10, a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned a 20-count indictment charging 37 individuals, including Jackson, with various offenses.
On June 28, 2011, the grand jury returned an indictment charging the following 10 individuals:
BRANDON BROWN, also known as “Buddha,” 28, of Coleman Street, West Haven;
The indictment charges BROWN, FAIRWEATHER, HAROLD, HOBSON, LITTLE, MOORE, and TOWNSEND with conspiring to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). If convicted of this charge, each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.
The indictment also charges DIAZ, JEFFERIES and TOTTEN each with one count of using a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking felony. If convicted of this charge, each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of four years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Nine of the 10 newly-charged defendants have been arrested. BROWN, FAIRWEATHER, HAROLD, LITTLE, TOTTEN and TOWNSEND are currently detained. DIAZ, JEFFERIES and MOORE have been released on bond. HOBSON has not been apprehended and is currently being sought by law enforcement. Citizens with information about his whereabouts are asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 203-503-5000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that the charges are not evidence of guilt. The charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter has been 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 in the arrest of the defendants.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Robert M. Spector.
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