STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK COCAINE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DARRYL FILES, 44, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 96 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring.
This matter stems from “Operation Hammertime,” a four-month DEA Task Force wiretap investigation that resulted in 20 individuals being charged with various narcotics and firearms offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Norwalk area. According to court documents and statements made in court, during the course of the investigation, FILES regularly purchased crack cocaine in 40-gram quantities from co-defendant Gavin Hammett in Norwalk, and then sold the crack in smaller quantities to customers in Stamford. Between April and June 2010, FILES purchased and redistributed approximately 800 grams of crack cocaine.
On March 28, 2011, FILES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.
FILES, whose criminal history includes nine prior felony convictions, has been detained since his arrest on June 17, 2010.
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.
On December 7, 2010, Hammett pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine. On October 13, 2011, he was sentenced by Judge Chatigny 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 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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