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Hartford Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Distributing Crack

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAMAL JOHNSON, 30, of Hartford, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division targeting gang violence and narcotics trafficking in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood, and related overdoses.  The investigation specifically targeted criminal activity being committed by members and associates of the Orange Street Killas (OSK), which operated principally in the area of Orange, Cherry and Arbor Streets.  The investigation followed a series of reports of shots fired in the area, and a homicide that was committed on Cherry Street in October 2015.  The prosecution was built on court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of narcotics and physical and video surveillance, all of which revealed that OSK members acquired heroin and crack cocaine and then sold the narcotics on the streets of Hartford.

Sixteen individuals were charged as a result of the investigation.

In November 2016, JOHNSON was intercepted over a wiretap ordering distribution quantities of crack cocaine.

At time of this offense, JOHNSON was on state probation for possession of a controlled substance.  He previously has served significant prison sentences for sale of narcotics, carrying a pistol without a permit, escape, and robbery in the first degree.

JOHNSON has been detained since his arrest on March 28, 2017.  On July 13, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division and Shooting Task Force have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Updated November 2, 2017

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