HARTFORD MAN INVOLVED IN DRUG TRAFFICKING RING SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut today announced that CURON JOHNSON, also known as “Buck,” 21, of Sargeant Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine and marijuana in Hartford.
This matter stems from “Operation Northern Strike,” a 15-month joint law enforcement investigation targeting alleged members and associates of geographically-based street gangs engaging in criminal activity in Hartford’s Upper Albany and Northeast neighborhoods. The investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on multiple telephones, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical surveillance. As a result of the investigation, 35 individuals have been charged with various federal drug and firearms violations.
According to court documents and statements made in court, JOHNSON was a member of the “The Ave,” a street gang involved in crimes of violence and which controlled the drug trade along significant portions of Albany Avenue and adjacent neighborhoods in Hartford. In May and June 2010, intercepted communications revealed that JOHNSON was purchasing crack cocaine and marijuana from another member of the conspiracy, which he then distributed in smaller quantities to his own customers.
On April 21, 2011, JOHNSON pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.
JOHNSON has seven prior convictions, including four prior convictions for narcotics offenses and convictions for second degree larceny and carrying a dangerous weapon stemming from JOHNSON’s driving a stolen vehicle while in possession of a loaded .380 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number and seven rounds of ammunition.
This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force – which includes representatives of the FBI, Connecticut State Police and Hartford Police Department – and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brian P. Leaming and Geoffrey M. Stone.