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District of Connecticut

Monday, July 8, 2019

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Heroin

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CEWELL SHARPE, also known as “C.C.,” 36, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2015, the FBI’s Bridgeport State Streets Task Force, Bridgeport Police Department and Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation into several heroin distributors operating in Bridgeport.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of heroin and physical surveillance, revealed that Sharpe and Harry Blake, also known as “Harry-O,” partnered to distribute large amounts of heroin in Bridgeport.  Sharpe frequently carried firearms in connection with his drug trafficking activity.

On April 12, 2019, Sharpe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin.

Sharpe has been in federal custody since January 26, 2016, after he was charged during a separate investigation into heroin and crack cocaine trafficking in Bridgeport.  He subsequently pleaded guilty and, on June 27, 2016, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment.

Judge Arterton ordered Sharpe’s 151-month sentence to run consecutively to the 48-month sentence he is currently serving.

On October 31, 2018, a jury found Blake guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. On June 26, 2019, he was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, Stratford Police Department, Stamford Police Department and the Trumbull Police Department K-9 Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alina M. Reynolds and H. Gordon Hall.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 8, 2019