FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2006
Hartford Man Sentenced To More Than 8 Years In Prison For Cocaine
W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration
England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District
of Connecticut, announced that THOMAS BYRD, age 52, of Cannon Road, East
Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District
Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 97 months of imprisonment,
followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess
with the intent to distribute, and distribution of, more than 500 grams
of cocaine. BYRD pleaded guilty to the offense on January 10, 2005.
According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court,
BYRD was involved in a Middletown, Connecticut-based cocaine trafficking
September 2003 through early February 2004. When he pleaded guilty, BYRD admitted
that he transported multiple kilogram quantities of cocaine to Connecticut from
Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Virginia. BYRD’s role in the conspiracy
was to drive a vehicle, which had a secret compartment or “trap,” back
to Connecticut with the cocaine hidden inside. BYRD admitted negotiating his
fee by the number of kilos being transported on each occasion. BYRD received
a fee only for the first trip, from Chicago to Connecticut, because his co-conspirators
were arrested the morning after the second trip, shortly after they and the cocaine
had arrived in Connecticut from Virginia.
In total, BYRD admitted that he was responsible for transporting between five
and 15 kilograms of cocaine to Connecticut.
This case was investigated by members of a Drug Enforcement Agency and a Task
Force consisting of federal agents and members of several local police departments.