FEDERAL JURY FINDS NEW HAVEN MAN
GUILTY OF CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found CLARENCE AUSTIN, also known as “Prince,” 31, of New Haven, guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
The trial before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson began on December 5 and the jury returned the verdict yesterday, December 8. The jury could not reach a verdict on counts charging AUSTIN with unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and Judge Thompson declared a mistrial on both counts.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, on August 24, 2010, Hamden Police officers recovered 11.6 grams of crack cocaine and numerous small plastic bags from AUSTIN’s person and another 1.49 grams of crack cocaine, packaged in 15 small plastic bags, in the vehicle in which AUSTIN was traveling.
Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for February 24, 2012, at which time AUSTIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.
AUSTIN has been in custody since his arrest on August 24, 2010.
This case was investigated by the Hamden Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marc H. Silverman and Robert M. Spector.
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