Indictment Charges 17 Alleged to be Involved in New Haven-Area Crack Distribution Ring
JAN 11 -- 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, New Haven Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz and West Haven Chief of Police Ronald M. Quagliani, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an Indictment charging 17 individuals for their alleged involvement in a significant crack cocaine trafficking operation in and around the Newhallville section of New Haven. The Indictment was returned on January 8 and unsealed today following the arrests of several of the defendants. The Indictment stems from “Operation No Nonsense,” an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Task Force, which is composed of agents and officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department. According to information disclosed in court proceedings, in 2004, the Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine by an organization based in the Newhallville section of New Haven. A variety of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques were employed by the Task Force, including the controlled purchases of crack cocaine. The investigation disclosed that a New Haven distribution network was transporting large quantities of powder cocaine from a New York source of supply on a weekly basis, processing the cocaine into crack cocaine, packaging the crack for sale, and distributing it throughout the New Haven area.
“Federal law enforcement is committed to working with the New Haven Police and our other local partners to disrupt narcotics trafficking networks in and around New Haven, prosecute those involved, and seek strict mandatory federal prisons terms,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. The Indictment charges each of the following defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”): MAURIEL GLOVER, also known as “Feet,” 30, of Ivy Street, New Haven; ROSHAUN HOGGARD, also known as “Foot,” 28, of Edgewood Avenue, New Haven; GENARO ANTONIO MARTE, 42, also known as “G,” of Adrian Avenue, Blackwood, New Jersey; ROBERT RAWLS, 41, of Edgewood Avenue, New Haven; CHRISTOPHER LAMONT SHERMAN, also known as “C-L,” of Ella Grasso Boulevard, New Haven; WILLIAM BALDWIN, 25, of Sherman Court, New Haven; WILLIAM HOLLY, also known as “L-O,” 24, of Circular Avenue, Hamden; JASON MARCEL DOCKERY, 20, of Thompson Street, New Haven; KENNETH THAMES, also known as “K-T,” 38, of Bond Street, New Haven; JOHN HOBSON, also known as “Uncle John” and “Big John,” 48, of Hazel Street, New Haven; GLORIA WILLIAMS, also known as “Glo,” 45, of Starr Street, New Haven; DANTE COBB, 31, of Merritt Street, Hamden; CARNEL SYLVESTER EDWARDS, 37, of Willow Street, New Haven; and TERRANCE JOWERS, also known as “T-Nice,” of County Street, New Haven. Three additional individuals charged in the Indictment currently are being sought by law enforcement.
If convicted of this charge, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life and a fine of up to $4 million.
“As demonstrated by these arrests today, DEA will not stop until we have uprooted all parts of a criminal drug trafficking enterprise,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Stansbury. “With the enforcement actions taken in Operation No Nonsense, we demonstrated that we will not tolerate the nonsense of drug offenders who don’t get the message that selling drugs leads to prison.” The Indictment also charges GLOVER with five crack cocaine distribution counts, and HOGGARD and RAWLS each with one crack cocaine distribution count. If convicted, each of these defendants faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of up to $2 million, on each count. Finally, GLOVER and COBB are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. If convicted of this charge, each faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million. “I’m gratified by the teamwork of federal and local law enforcement that attacks the problem of drug trafficking, roots out serious offenders and improves the quality of life for all the residents of the city of New Haven,” stated Chief Ortiz of the New Haven Police Department. DEA Task Force members arrested MARTE on December 10 and GLOVER, HOGGARD and RAWLS on December 11. All four individuals have been ordered detained. BALDWIN, DOCKERY and HOLLY were arrested yesterday, and HOBSON, WILLIAMS, COBB, EDWARDS, JOWERS were arrested earlier today. Each of these defendants appeared this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and currently is detained pending his or her detention hearing. SHERMAN and THAMES are currently in state custody. “This case is just another example of law enforcement working together in our continuing effort to eradicate drugs and the people who deal them from the neighborhoods of our communities,” stated Chief Quagliani of the West Haven Police Department.
U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This case has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department, the West Haven Police Department, the Shelton Police Department, the Meriden Police Department and the Branford Police Department. The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests of several of these defendants.