NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN
SIX YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTING CRACK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CLARENCE AUSTIN, also known as “Prince,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 77 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On December 8, 2011, a jury found AUSTIN guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
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. Officers also recovered a loaded firearm from the vehicle.
AUSTIN has been in state custody serving a sentence for violation of supervised parole since his arrest on August 24, 2010. The federal sentence imposed today will run consecutively to the state sentence.
This case was investigated by the Hamden Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marc H. Silverman and Robert M. Spector.
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