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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Norwich Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RAMAEL ARTIS, also known as “Rah,” 36, of Norwich, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 15, 2016, a court-authorized search of ARTIS’ Norwich apartment revealed approximately 50 grams of heroin, a quantity of cocaine, and items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.

The investigation also revealed that between July 2015 and March 2016, ARTIS obtained four handguns by trading heroin for each firearm.

ARTIS is scheduled to be sentence by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford on January 3, 2018, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years of the heroin offense, and a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years on the firearm offense.

ARTIS has been detained since his arrest on March 15, 2016.

This investigation has been conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Safe Streets Task Force, and the Town of Groton, Norwich and Waterford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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Updated October 4, 2017