STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 90
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING CRACK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MAX ANTOINE, 28, of Stamford, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by four 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, between August and October 2009, ANTOINE purchased between 280 and 500 grams of crack cocaine from suppliers in New York and then sold the crack in smaller quantities in Stamford for profit. On October 6, 2009, law enforcement officers working with the DEA stopped ANTOINE and a co-defendant in a vehicle on Interstate 95 as it drove back from the Bronx, N.Y. and seized nearly 100 grams of crack cocaine.
On January 29, 2010, ANTOINE pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
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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