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New Haven Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Drugs While on Supervised Release

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOEY FULLER, 31, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2017, the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force initiated an investigation into a New Haven drug trafficking organization headed by Jermayne Butler.  Fuller purchased distribution quantities of crack cocaine from Butler and then sold the drug in smaller quantities to his own customers.  Fuller pleaded guilty and, on November 20, 2019, Judge Bryant sentenced him to approximately 21 months of imprisonment, time already served, and four years of supervised release.

On January 14, 2020, less than two months after Fuller was release from prison, New Haven police conducted a controlled purchase of marijuana from Fuller.  Investigators then arranged to purchase a quantity of heroin from Fuller.  Fuller was arrested on January 31, 2020, after he arrived at a location to conduct the transaction.  At the time of his arrest, Fuller possessed approximately 22 bags of heroin that he had agreed to sell.

Fuller has been detained since his arrest, and his state charges are pending.

On August 10, 2020, Butler was sentenced to 78 months of imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick F. Caruso and David C. Nelson.

Updated August 25, 2020

Drug Trafficking