STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 12 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CHARLES HANDY, also known as “Chumley” and “Paco,” 44, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 150 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
On April 12, 2011, after a four-day trial, a jury found HANDY guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”) and two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base.
This matter stems from “Operation Hammertime,” a four-month DEA Task Force wiretap investigation that targeted a drug trafficking operation run by Gavin Hammett out of the Roodner Court housing complex in Norwalk. According to evidence presented during the trial, court documents and statements made in court, HANDY purchased crack cocaine from Hammett and sold it in smaller quantities to customers in Stamford. During the course of the investigation, HANDY purchased and resold nearly one kilogram of crack.
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 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.
HANDY has been detained since his arrest on June 17, 2010. His sentence was enhanced as a result of his criminal record, which includes numerous prior felony convictions for sale of narcotics.
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, Hal Chen and Marc Silverman.
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