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New Haven Man Sentenced To More Than Eight Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Crack

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

Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RODNEY SNAPE, 32, of New Haven, was sentenced on Friday, May 17, by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 105 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force investigation into drug trafficking and associated violence in the Hill area of New Haven.  From October to December 2012, an individual working with law enforcement made four purchases of a total of approximately 52 grams of crack cocaine from SNAPE.

On February 19, 2013, SNAPE pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).

SNAPE was incarcerated at the New Haven Correctional Center while awaiting sentencing.  On March 7, 2013, a corrections officer conducting a search of SNAPE’s cell found a jar containing marijuana, a wristwatch that functioned as a cellular telephone and a Bluetooth earpiece.  SNAPE was arrested on state marijuana possession charges, which are pending.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, including the New Haven, Milford and Hamden Police Departments, and the Connecticut Department of Correction.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and H. Gordon Hall.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015