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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hartford Crack Dealer Sentenced to 39 Months in Federal Prison

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TODD JOINER, also known as “Whitez,” 28, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 39 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

This matter stems from a joint investigation by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit into gang-related narcotics trafficking in Hartford’s North End.  JOINER and others targeted during the investigation were affiliated with groups and gangs who have been involved in acts of violence.  JOINER has been identified as a member of Nelton Court Posse, one of several geographically-based gangs operating in the North End of Hartford.  During the investigation, undercover officers conducted multiple purchases of narcotics from various dealers, including JOINER.

On September 15, 2015, JOINER was arrested when he was found in possession of approximately seven grams of crack cocaine that he intended to sell to an undercover officer.

On May 9, 2016, JOINER pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

JOINER’s criminal history includes several drug-related felony convictions.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 3, 2016