Three New Haven Residents Charged With Distributing Crack Cocaine; One Also Faces Gun Charge
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven returned a 10-count indictment yesterday charging three New Haven men with crack cocaine distribution offenses. One defendant is also charged with illegally possessing a firearm.
The indictment alleges that between November 2013 and May 2014, PERRY FLOWERS, also known as “Mel,” 44, MILES PRICE, also known as “Molly Rock,” 25, and TONY BROWN, also known as “Boogie Down,” 35, possessed and distributed crack cocaine.
The indictment further alleges that on April 12, 2014, PRICE possessed a Smith and Wesson, model 29, .44 caliber revolver. Prior to that date, PRICE had been convicted in Connecticut state court of sale of hallucinogen/narcotics (twice), possession of narcotics (twice) and criminal weapon possession. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
FLOWERS, PRICE and BROWN are charged in multiple counts of the indictment with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine base (“crack”), an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. PRICE is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
The three defendants were arrested on June 18, 2014, and are currently detained.
This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the New Haven Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter D. Markle and Anthony E. Kaplan.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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