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New Haven Man Charged with Narcotics Distribution Offense

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

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Jean Pierre Njock, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson announced that ZAQUAWN ARRINGTON, also known as “Dreads,” 23, of New Haven, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances.

As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, in April 2022, Arrington began serving a three-year term of supervised release, which followed a federal conviction for a crack cocaine distribution offense.  Between October and December 2022, investigators made controlled purchases of suspected crack cocaine and fentanyl from Arrington and his associates.  When he was arrested this morning, Arrington possessed a quantity of suspected crack and $500 in cash.

Arrington appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria E. Garcia in New Haven and was ordered detained.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Avery stressed that a criminal complaint is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force and the New Haven Police Department.  The Task Force includes members from the Connecticut State Police, Connecticut Department of Correction and the New Haven, Milford, East Haven and West Haven Police Departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John T. Pierpont, Jr. and Nathaniel J. Gentile.

Updated February 17, 2023

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