STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO
30 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING CRACK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that GUIVERSON JOSEPH, 21, of Stamford, was sentenced yesterday, October 20, by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by five 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. According to court documents and statements made in court, in October and November 2009, JOSEPH purchased approximately 332 grams of crack cocaine from suppliers in New York and then sold the crack in smaller quantities for profit. When he was arrested on December 3, 2009, law enforcement officers seized 11 cell phones and approximately $11,321 in cash from his Merrell Avenue apartment.
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.
On April 1, 2010, JOSEPH pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
JOSEPH has no prior arrests or convictions.
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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