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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

Monday, July 16, 2018

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking Charge

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LAPRESE GOLLMAN, 43, of Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more of cocaine.  The charge stems from a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into a drug trafficking organization with ties to Connecticut and Massachusetts.

On May 30, 2018, GOLLMAN was arrested in New Haven as he was attempting to purchase four kilograms of cocaine. Investigators seized $100,000 from GOLLMAN. 

The charge carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. However, because GOLLMAN has a prior conviction for a felony drug offense, he faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

GOLLMAN has been detained since his arrest.  Judge Bolden scheduled sentencing for October 15, 2018.

This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Regional Office and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Courtney Kaoutzanis.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 18, 2018