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Hartford Man Involved In Crack Distribution Ring Sentenced To Four Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut
February 13, 2013

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EARL DAVIS, 54, of Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by one year 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, Dana Adams and others supplied crack cocaine to numerous street-level dealers, including gang members, who primarily distributed the drug in the area of Enfield Street in Hartford.  Adams utilized lower-level dealers, including DAVIS, to bring customers to him in exchange for money or a quantity of crack cocaine.  DAVIS would also provide information to Adams regarding police activity in the area.  DAVIS was regularly intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps discussing drug trafficking activity and facilitating the distribution of crack cocaine.

DAVIS has been detained since his arrest on May 8, 2012.  On November 28, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.

On January 31, 2013, Adams was sentenced to 156 months of imprisonment for distributing crack cocaine and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a previous federal conviction.

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