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New London Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ANTHONY WHITLEY, 35, of Hartford and New London, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 3, 2017, a court-authorized search of a New London apartment connected to WHITLEY and his nephew, Bashon Whitley, revealed approximately 14.5 grams of heroin, approximately 27 grams of cocaine, approximately 177 grams of crack cocaine, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun, ammunition and $9,180 in cash.  Anthony and Bashon Whitley were arrested on state charges at that time.

Judge Meyer scheduled sentencing for October 23, 2018, at which time Anthony Whitley faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.  Whitley has been detained since his arrest on March 3, 2017.

On May 30, 2018, Bashon Whitley pleaded guilty to the same charge.  He is detained while awaiting sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East and New London Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha M. Freismuth.

Updated August 1, 2018

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