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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ansonia Man Admits Role in Naugatuck Valley Crack Distribution Ring

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JACOB FREEMAN, 22, of Ansonia, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, FREEMAN was a member of a drug trafficking organization that trafficked large quantities of crack cocaine throughout the Naugatuck Valley.  The investigation revealed that members of the organization shared the same cellphone to service drug customers in shifts.  Between May and September 2017, investigators made multiple controlled purchases of crack from FREEMAN and other members of the drug trafficking organization.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for May 30, 2018, at which time FREEMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

FREEMAN has been detained since his arrest on November 15, 2017.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Ansonia and Derby Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 28, 2018