Federal Jury Finds New Haven Man Guilty of Crack
DEC 16 --Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Bridgeport has found WILLIAM BALDWIN, 25, last residing on Sherman Court in New Haven, guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). A second defendant, CARNEL SYLVESTER EDWARDS, 37, of New Haven, was found not guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. The trial before United States District Judge Janet C. Hall began on December 8 and the verdicts were returned this morning.
In January, BALDWIN, EDWARDS and 15 other individuals were charged by indictment for their alleged involvement in a significant crack cocaine trafficking operation in and around the Newhallville section of New Haven. The Indictment stemmed 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 the evidence disclosed during the trial, BALDWIN regularly obtained crack cocaine from co-defendant Mauriel Glover, which BALDWIN then distributed for street sale throughout the New Haven area. The evidence presented by the Government included court-authorized recordings of telephone calls in which BALDWIN and others discussed the purchase and sale of crack cocaine with Glover, and arranged to procure redistribution quantities of the drug. Evidence also was presented regarding the seizure of more than five grams of crack cocaine, packaged for street sale in “dime,” or ten-dollar, bags from BALDWIN at the time of his arrest on January 10, 2008.
Judge Hall has scheduled sentencing for March 2, 2009, at which time BALDWIN faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.
BALDWIN has been detained since his arrest in January 2008.
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 the defendants in the case.