BRIDGEPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL HAMMETT, also known as “Tyree,” 29, of Charles Street, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring. Judge Chatigny also ordered HAMMETT to complete 120 hours of community service during his term of supervised release.
This matter stems from “Operation Hammertime,” a four-month DEA Task Force wiretap investigation that targeted a drug trafficking operation run by Gavin Hammett, MICHAEL HAMMETT’s uncle, out of the Roodner Court housing complex in Norwalk. According to court documents and statements made in court, during the course of the investigation, MICHAEL HAMMETT assisted his uncle’s narcotics trafficking operation by storing large quantities of cocaine for Gavin Hammett in his Bridgeport condo, and also by providing cocaine to Gavin Hammett’s customers when Gavin Hammett was unavailable. MICHAEL HAMMETT also obtained powder cocaine from Gavin Hammett and sold it for profit to his own customer base.
A total of 20 individuals have been charged with various narcotics and firearms offenses as a result of the investigation. During the investigation, law enforcement officers also 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.
As part of his sentence, MICHAEL HAMMETT forfeited $2000 in cash seized from him at the time of his arrest and two vehicles, a 2008 Infiniti G37, and a 2007 BMW 750.
On January 20, 2011, MICHAEL HAMMETT pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine. He has no previous convictions.
On October 13, 2011, Gavin Hammett was sentenced to 240 months of imprisonment for his role in this conspiracy.
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 and Hal Chen.
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