NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN SEVEN
YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TORRENCE JONES, 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 87 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department and the Hamden Police Department. Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug-trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden, and was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from June 2010 through August 2010, JONES was intercepted several times over a wiretap ordering distribution quantities of crack cocaine from other members of the drug trafficking organization, which he then sold to his own customer base for profit.
On July 14, 2011, JONES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
Forty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Robert M. Spector.
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