FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2006
Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms And Narcotics Charges
June W. Stansbury,
Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New
England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the
District of Connecticut, announced that JASON SUTHERLAND, age 36, formerly
of 132 Cornwall Street, Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United
States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to possession with
the intent to distribute powder cocaine, and possession of a firearm
and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on
January 25, 2006, SUTHERLAND was arrested by Special Agents and Task Force
Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In pleading guilty, SUTHERLAND
admitted that, on that date, he possessed a quantity of cocaine with the intent
to distribute it, and knowingly possessed a loaded .44 caliber handgun after
having been convicted in 1998 in Connecticut of felony first degree assault.
As part of his guilty plea, SUTHERLAND has agreed to forfeit, either as proceeds
of the drug offense or as items used to facilitate the drug offense, more than
$86,000 in cash seized from his residence, and a 2000 Subaru Outback.
Judge Thompson has scheduled sentencing for September 7, 2006, at which time
SUTHERLAND faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up
to $1 million on the drug conviction, and a maximum term of imprisonment of
10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the firearm conviction.
SUTHERLAND has been detained since the date of his federal arrest.
This case was investigated by the Hartford resident office of the Drug Enforcement