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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Hamden Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Cocaine and Crack

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that FRANK BIGGS, 63, of Hamden, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing powder and crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation led by the FBI and the Norwich, New London and Hartford Police Departments into a narcotics distribution network that stretched from southeastern Connecticut to the Hartford, New Britain and Waterbury areas.  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, surveillance, search warrants, and seizures of cocaine and crack cocaine, revealed that Biggs purchased cocaine and crack from his supplier, Aaron Clayton, and then sold the drugs to his own network of drug dealers and users.

On March 17, 2020, law enforcement conducted court-authorized searches of Clayton’s residence and two other residences connected to this drug trafficking organization and seized approximately three kilograms of cocaine and nearly $100,000 in cash. 

On June 30, 2020, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Biggs, Clayton and seven other individuals with offenses related to their involvement in this drug ring.  Biggs was arrested on July 6, 2020.

On September 22, 2021, Biggs pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).

Biggs, who is released on bond, is required to report to prison on March 18.

Clayton, of New Britain, has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Norwich, New London and Hartford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Maria del Pilar Gonzalez 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 19, 2022