Bridgeport Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Federal Prison For Narcotics Trafficking
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CHESTER CAMERON, 32, of Bridgeport, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 70 months of imprisonment 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 have been charged in federal court with various offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford. During the investigation, 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, between November 2012 and February 2013, CAMERON regularly purchased half-kilogram quantities of cocaine from suppliers in New York and Jamaica, broke it down into smaller quantities and sold it to customers from Bridgeport and Stamford, some of whom converted it to crack cocaine for resale. In total, he purchased and redistributed more than five kilograms cocaine during this time period.
At the time of his arrest, CAMERON was found with nearly one-half kilogram of cocaine, more than $34,000 in cash, a Rolex watch, and other expensive jewelry, all of which he forfeited as part of his guilty plea.
Marvin Wooten, one of CAMERON’s highest volume drug customers, previously pleaded guilty and, on May 22, 2013, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment. CAMERON’s brother, Cornel Cameron, also has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
CAMERON is a citizen of Jamaica and faces deportation proceedings when he completes his federal sentence.
U.S. Attorney Daly noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of 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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