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Hartford Crack Dealer Sentenced To Nine Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut
March 11, 2013

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NIDA WILLIAMS, also known as “N-Dog,” 35, of Bloomfield, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a Hartford crack cocaine distribution ring.

This matter stems from “Operation Vinefield,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in Hartford’s North End.  As a result of the nine-month investigation, 38 individuals were charged with various offenses related to the distribution of crack cocaine and the unlawful possession and dealing of firearms in and around Hartford.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation revealed that Clinton Hill Weston, also known as “Ack,” supplied WILLIAMS and Dana Adams, also known as “Soul,” with 125-gram and 63-gram quantities of crack cocaine.  WILLIAMS and Adams then distributed the crack to numerous street-level dealers, including gang members, who primarily distributed the drug in the area of Enfield Street in Hartford.

WILLIAMS was arrested on April 19, 2012.  A subsequent search of his Bloomfield residence revealed more than 29 grams of crack cocaine and 14 rounds of ammunition.

WILLIAMS has been detained since his arrest.  On December 17, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Weston and Adams also pleaded guilty and are currently serving prison terms of 152 months and 156 months, respectively.

This matter has been investigated by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, the Connecticut State Police, the Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Correction. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian P. Leaming.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated April 26, 2023