New Haven Man Pleads Guilty To Role In Crack Distribution Ring
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MUJAHID MUHAMMED, also known as “Doughboy,” 28, of New Haven, pleaded guilty before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force into drug distribution and related gang activity in The Hill neighborhood of New Haven. The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, revealed that MUHAMMED regularly obtained large quantities of crack cocaine from sources in New York City, and that he and other members and associates of the Southside Bloods street gang distributed the drug in the New Haven area.
Chief Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for October 30, 2013, at which time MUHAMMED faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
Six of the 10 individuals charged as a result of the result of the investigation have pleaded guilty. As to the four defendants who are awaiting trial, Acting U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter has been investigated by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, including the New Haven, Hamden and Milford Police Departments, and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Kaplan and Gordon Hall.
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