BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN
12 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING CRACK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE SPAULDING, 28, of Kossuth Street, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 150 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
This matter stems from “Operation Big Loot,” a six-month investigation that was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. As a result of the investigation, a total of 52 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Stamford area. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $165,000 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, two kilograms of crack cocaine, five firearms and several vehicles.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in September, October and November 2009, SPAULDING purchased a total of approximately 325 grams of crack cocaine, which he then sold in smaller quantities.
On March 11, 2010, SPAULDING pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
SPAULDING has been detained in state custody on an unrelated state conviction since January 19, 2010. SPAULDING continues to serve a two-year state sentence, and Judge Thompson ordered the sentence in this case to be served concurrently with the state sentence.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien, Greenwich and Danbury Police Departments assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Spector and Jonathan Freimann.
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