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Hartford Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Offenses

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MANUEL ASHLEY, also known as “Fresh,” 27, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for firearm and drug offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 31 and June 1, 2017, Ashley sold approximately 90 bags containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to another individual.

Hartford Police arrested Ashley on June 6, 2017, after he sold a stolen .380 caliber pistol to another individual.  On that date, a search of Ashley’s Babcock Street residence revealed 44 bags containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.  

Ashley has been detained since his arrest.  On November 26, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Ashley’s criminal history includes multiple state felony convictions.

This investigation was conducted by the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force.  The Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Updated January 30, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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