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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 15, 2014

Two Gang Members Sentenced On Drug Charges


Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WAYNE WRIGHT, also known as “Crueger,” 29, formerly of the Bronx, New York, and ANAJE AMIN, also 29, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, were sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport.  Judge Eginton sentenced WRIGHT to 57 months of imprisonment and AMIN was sentenced to 64 months of imprisonment, following their guilty pleas for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  Judge Eginton also ordered both men be placed on supervised release following their release from prison and included, as conditions of that release, that there be no association with gang members and that they submit to searches by the U.S. Probation Office.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the New Haven Police Department and the Connecticut State Police into drug distribution and related violence allegedly being committed by members and associates of the Grape Street Crips in New Haven.  According to documents filed and statements made in court, both WRIGHT and AMIN were members of the Crips.

Twenty individuals, including WRIGHT and AMIN, were charged with narcotics distribution and related offenses stemming from this investigation.  All of the defendants pleaded guilty. 

This case was being investigated by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, which includes officers from the New Haven, Hamden and Milford Police Departments, and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction.  The investigation was significantly assisted by the Connecticut State Police, the United States Marshals Service and the Westerly (R.I.) Police Department.

The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and H. Gordon Hall.

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