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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Manchester Man Sentenced to 42 Months for Gang-Related Drug Trafficking in Hartford, Gun Possession

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JEFFREY FERRY, also known as “30,” 32, of Manchester, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 42 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for drug and gun offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force and Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Division into the trafficking of narcotics and associated violence in Hartford’s South End by members and associates of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation (“Latin Kings”).  The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, physical surveillance and controlled purchases of narcotics, revealed that two alleged members of the Latin Kings operated separate drug trafficking organizations that distributed fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.  The organizations used multiple locations to process, package, store and distribute narcotics, and possessed firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking activities.

Ferry was a member of a drug trafficking organization that operated a “trap house” at 149 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford as a distribution point for drug customers.  Ferry delivered drugs to the trap house, and also sold fentanyl to his own customers.  On May 22, 2018, an individual was shot and seriously wounded in an apparent robbery of the trap house.

On June 3, 2018, Ferry and a co-defendant were arrested on state charges after intercepted communications revealed that Ferry had a gun and planned to meet someone to settle a dispute.  Hartford Police officers stopped a car Ferry was driving on Redding Street and located a loaded 9mm pistol in the car’s glove box.

Ferry’s criminal history includes convictions in 2004 for possessing a weapon in a motor vehicle, and in 2006 for criminal possession of a firearm.

Ferry has been detained since his arrest.  On February 20, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI’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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated May 16, 2019