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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Five Men Charged with Distributing Narcotics in New Haven

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut; David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes today announced that five men were arrested yesterday on federal narcotics charges related to the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in New Haven.

According to statements made in court, these prosecutions are part of a coordinated law enforcement effort to address rising drug-related violence in the Newhallville section of New Haven.

On November 9, 2020, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned indictments charging:

HERMAN BELLAMY, 43, of East Haven, with two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin;

TYRONE DUPREE, 24, of Hamden, with three counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base (“crack”) and heroin;

CORNELIUS IVORY, 34, of New Haven, with two counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base and heroin;

SHANTE DAVIS, 44, of West Haven, with four counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base and heroin;

ELIGHI AGNEW, also known as “Lil Bro,” 32, with three counts of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base and heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base.

Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Dupree is currently detained, and Bellamy, Ivory, Davis and Agnew are released under supervision by the U.S. Probation Office while awaiting trial.

U.S. Attorney Durham stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force and the New Haven Police Department.  The Task Force includes members from the New Haven, Milford, East Haven and West Haven Police Departments, the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Department of Correction.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel J. Gentile, S. Dave Vatti and Douglas P. Morabito through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program.  OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 19, 2020