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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Former State Judicial Marshal Who Assisted Drug Dealer is Sentenced

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ADAM CLARKE, 38, of Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to three years of probation, six months of home confinement and a $750 fine for assisting a drug dealer while Clarke was working as a state judicial marshal.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2017, law enforcement conducted a long-term investigation into the distribution of drugs in the Norwich and New London area.  On multiple occasions in October 2017, Clarke was intercepted on a court-authorized wiretap discussing the distribution of heroin and prescription narcotics.  The investigation revealed that Clarke, who was employed as a state judicial marshal, received prescription pills from a known drug dealer while he was at work, assisted the drug dealer in avoiding detection by law enforcement by identifying law enforcement actions and vehicles, and agreed to broker at least one heroin transaction between the drug dealer and a third party.

On October 25, 2018, Clarke pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, heroin.

Clarke is no longer employed as a state judicial marshal.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Norwich, Waterford and Town of Groton Police Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Nelson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
Public Corruption
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Updated May 8, 2019