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HEAD OF NORWALK-BASED DRUG TRAFFICKING
RING SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GAVIN HAMMETT, also known as “G” and “Silk,” 46, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 240 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for heading a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking network.

This matter stems from “Operation Hammertime,” a four-month DEA Task Force wiretap investigation that targeted a drug trafficking operation run by HAMMETT out of the Roodner Court housing complex in Norwalk.  As a result of the investigation, 20 individuals, including HAMMETT, were charged with various narcotics and firearms offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Norwalk and Stamford area.

According to court documents and statements made in court, HAMMETT regularly ordered cocaine from a supplier who was located in the Bronx, N.Y., and then arranged for other members of the conspiracy to travel to New York, pay the supplier in large amounts of cash he provided, and pick up the drugs on his behalf.  Once the cocaine was delivered to Connecticut, HAMMETT instructed several individuals to store the drugs for him, and then coordinated the packaging of cocaine and crack cocaine for its eventual street-sale through a network of dealers he controlled.  HAMMETT also personally converted, or “cooked,” cocaine into crack cocaine.

On December 7, 2010, HAMMETT pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine.

HAMMETT’s criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions for drug offenses, including a federal cocaine distribution conviction in 1997 in U.S. District Court in South Carolina for which HAMMETT was sentenced to 105 months of imprisonment.

HAMMETT has been detained since his arrest on June 17, 2010.

During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than one kilogram of cocaine, more than 200 grams of crack cocaine, multiple bundles of heroin, more than $100,000 in cash, seven vehicles and two firearms.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, which includes members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police.  Substantial assistance to the investigation was provided by the Norwalk Police Department’s Special Services Squad and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  The United States Marshals Service and the Bridgeport Police Department assisted in the arrests of the defendants.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Spector, Hal Chen and Marc Silverman.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

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

 

 

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