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District of Connecticut

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hartford Man Sentenced to 34 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE CARTAGENA, 29, of Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 34 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from joint law enforcement investigation headed by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and the Hartford Police Department that targeted a drug trafficking organization operating in Hartford’s North End that was distributing crack and powder cocaine. The investigation revealed that David Gil-Grande, of Manchester, received shipments of cocaine, secreted in sealed coffee cans, from Puerto Rico. He then supplied the cocaine to Anthony Shelton, also known as “Pretty,” Gerard Brown, also known as “Goldie,” and others, who converted much of the cocaine into crack and distributed both forms of the drug in the area of Barbour Street in Hartford.

The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, revealed that Brown supplied crack cocaine to CARTAGENA who then sold the drug to his own customers.

Twenty individuals were charged as a result of the investigation.

CARTAGENA has been detained since his arrest on February 2, 2016. On March 9, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony.

CARTAGENA’s criminal history includes six narcotics-related convictions and convictions for assault and criminal mischief. He was on state probation while he engaged in the criminal conduct that resulted in this federal prosecution.

Gil-Grande, Shelton and Brown have pleaded guilty to related charges. On January 31, 2017, Gil-Grande was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment. Shelton and Brown await sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which 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 the Drug Enforcement Administration have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 15, 2017