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July 12, 2011

NEW LONDON MAN INVOLVED IN CRACK TRANSACTION IS SENTENCED

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CORRICHE GASKIN, 27, of New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to three years of supervised release, the first six months of which GASKIN must serve in home confinement, for his involvement in a crack cocaine transaction.  GASKIN also was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2008, individuals working with New London Police made purchases of heroin and crack cocaine from Charlene Thomas, also known as “Umi,” of New London.  On October 8, 2008, New London Police followed a vehicle Thomas was driving to a parking lot in Waterford.  At the parking lot, Thomas met GASKIN who exited his car, opened the front passenger door of Thomas’ car, leaned in, and then returned to his car a few moments later.  After both drove from the parking lot, officers followed GASKIN’s car to Shaw Street in New London.  Officers approached GASKIN after he parked and exited his car, but he refused to stop and attempted to run into a residence.  Officers detained GASKIN and located a bandana hiding a bag containing approximately 101 grams of crack cocaine and $1000 in currency.  The investigation further revealed that GASKIN had received the contents of the bandana from Thomas.

On January 6, 2011, GASKIN pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

On August 12, 2010, Thomas pleaded guilty to the same charge.  On October 27, 2010, she was sentenced to approximately one month of imprisonment, time served, five years of supervised release, six months or home confinement, and 150 hours of community service.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) and the New London Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

 

CONTACT:

 

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

 

 

 

 

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