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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Haven Man Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Federal Assault and Narcotics Offenses

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM, also known as “Ugg,” 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 66 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal assault and narcotics offenses.

On September 30, 2015, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a 34-count indictment against GRAHAM and five co-defendants charging various racketeering, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, firearms, money laundering and narcotics distribution offenses.  The indictment described a criminal enterprise known as the Red Side Guerilla Brims (“RSGB”), a sect of the Bloods street gang that operated in New Haven from 2011 through 2015, which was engaged in narcotics trafficking and related acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assaults and armed robberies.

GRAHAM was a member of the RSGB in 2014.  As part of his gang membership, on December 23, 2014, he committed a violent assault of an individual over a .40 caliber pistol that the victim allegedly stole from him.  GRAHAM committed the assault along with another RSGB member whom he had called to the scene after realizing the victim had stolen the gun.

In addition, on multiple occasions between October 2014 and December 2014, GRAHAM either distributed or possessed with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

GRAHAM has been detained since his arrest on October 6, 2015.  On January 22, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault in aid of racketeering and one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. 

This investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New Haven Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Connecticut State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hamden Police Department.  The New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office also provided critical assistance in the investigation.

An instrumental component of the investigation has been the work of the Connecticut State Crime Laboratory in utilizing the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to analyze ballistics evidence.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert M. Spector and Peter D. Markle.  A related case in the District of Maine is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated August 24, 2016