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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Friday, October 13, 2017

Groton Man Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DONALD HUGHES, 42, of Groton, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine.


According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation by the FBI Northern Connecticut Safe Streets Task Force, Norwich Police Department, Waterford Police Department and Groton Town Police revealed that in the summer of 2016, Paul Mott, of Groton, conspired with others to obtain and distribute cocaine.  Mott regularly took orders for cocaine from HUGHES and other co-conspirators and then drove to his supplier in the Bronx, New York, to obtain the drug.  When he returned to Connecticut, Mott provided the cocaine to HUGHES and others for further distribution.  Some of Mott’s narcotics trafficking activity occurred his restaurant, Caribbean American Kitchen to Go, located on Truman Street in New London.


HUGHES and Mott were arrested on August 8, 2016.  On that date, a search of HUGHES possessed 319 grams of cocaine.


On May 9, 2017, HUGHES pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.


Mott also pleaded guilty and, on September 5, 2017, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment.  He also was ordered to forfeit a 2013 Toyota 4Runner and approximately $3,494 that was seized from him at the time of his arrest.


Three other individuals were charged and convicted as a result of this investigation.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 13, 2017