STAMFORD CRACK DEALER
TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that KEVIN SIMS, also known as “Ghost,” 33, of Stamford, was sentenced yesterday, January 10, by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a southwestern Connecticut narcotics trafficking ring. On August 10, 2011, SIMS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“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 July and November 2009, SIMS purchased approximately 145 grams of crack cocaine from local narcotics suppliers and sold the drugs to others for profit. Lut Muhammad, of Stamford, served as SIMS’ principal source of supply.
SIMS has several prior felony state convictions involving narcotics and crimes of violence, and he was on probation when he participated in this conspiracy. He has been detained since his arrest on December 3, 2009.
On January 10, 2012, Muhammad was sentenced to 240 months of imprisonment.
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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