New Haven, Connecticut Man Sentenced to 32 Months in Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine
Contact: Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
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Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that D’Hati Coleman, 38, of New Haven, Connecticut was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. in Federal Court in Bangor to a 32-month term of imprisonment and a three-year term of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine.
Court records and evidence introduced at the hearing demonstrated that on September 3, 2014, Coleman sold crack cocaine to an MDEA confidential informant. At the time of the transaction, Coleman was a fugitive from Connecticut, having escaped from a half-way house in that state. Evidence presented at the hearing also showed that during the time when Coleman was trafficking in drugs, he was also engaged in commercial sex trafficking by causing women to engage in prostitution for which Coleman received money. In sentencing the defendant, U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. told Coleman “it is bad enough to be selling drugs, but it is a different magnitude of evil to be involved in selling human beings.”
The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the New Haven, Connecticut Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Haven Department of Police Services.