John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAVON MORSE, 22, of Norwich, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in early 2017, members of the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Safe Streets Task Force and Norwich Police Department conducted three controlled purchases of cocaine from MORSE. The investigation revealed that MORSE was utilizing storage units at two separate storage facilities in Waterford to hide drugs and cash.
On April 24, 2017, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of MORSE’s rented storage units. A search of one unit revealed two kilogram packages of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, and a loaded .25 caliber handgun. A search of the second unit revealed a loaded .357 magnum caliber handgun, two types of loose ammunition, digital scales, an empty kilogram wrap with cocaine residue, and empty bank cash wraps.
MORSE has been detained since his arrest on May 24, 2017. On August 8, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.