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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bridgeport Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Crack


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LANDERS WILSON, 43, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a southwestern Connecticut narcotics trafficking ring. 

This matter stems from a six-month investigation spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  As a result of the investigation, 20 individuals were charged with various federal offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.  In addition, law enforcement officers seized more than $100,000 in cash, 500 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of crack cocaine, several vehicles and jewelry.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation revealed that Marvin Wooten, also known as “Smash,” of Norwalk, was operating a significant crack cocaine distribution ring in Fairfield County.  Between September 2012 and January 2013, Wooten regularly purchased multi-hundred gram quantities of cocaine from various sources of supply, including individuals who were selling cocaine out of a Bridgeport barbershop.  He then converted the cocaine to crack cocaine and distributed it to other dealers and customers.

Wooten referred to as WILSON as his “man.”   For significant parts of the conspiracy, Wooten based his operations out of WILSON’s apartment on Hancock Avenue in Bridgeport, using the apartment to “cook” cocaine into crack cocaine, and as a base to sell crack to others.  In addition to helping Wooten, WILSON sold crack cocaine to his own customers.

On July 16, 2013, WILSON pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Wooten also pleaded guilty and, on May 22, 2013, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – including the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Milford, Westport, and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.  The U.S. Marshals Service also assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Robert Spector.

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