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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Bridgeport Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 8 Years in Federal Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EVAN SHEFFIELD, also known as “Smooth,” 34, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 97 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in the summer of 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and Bridgeport Police Department began investigating individuals who were distributing narcotics in and around Bridgeport.  The investigation has included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics, physical and video surveillance, and the execution of multiple search and seizure warrants.  The investigation revealed that Sheffield, Antonio Small, Louis McDowell, Anthony Small, Michael Munn, Christopher Rodriguez and others were distributing large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine.  The investigation further revealed that the co-conspirators were using Sheffield’s residence on Poplar Street in Bridgeport to store, process and package narcotics for street sale, and that Sheffield and his associates kept a firearm at his residence.

Sheffield was arrested on November 6, 2018.  On January 14, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of cocaine base (“crack”).

Sheffield, who is released on a $100,000 bond, is required to report to prison on January 5, 2021.

Antonio Small, McDowell, Anthony Small, Munn and Rodriguez have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, as well as the DEA, Connecticut State Police, and the Stratford, Norwalk, Seymour and Trumbull Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen L. Peck and Patrick J. Doherty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated October 28, 2020