East Hartford Man Sentenced to Nine
Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Ecstasy
AUG 28 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL DRUMMOND, 38, of East Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 108 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. DRUMMOND also was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $15,000. On August 15, 2007, DRUMMOND pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute MDMA, more commonly known as “ecstasy.”
According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, from September 2005 through April 2006, DRUMMOND distributed large quantities of ecstasy to others in Connecticut, which he obtained from a source in Canada. On April 11, 2006, law enforcement officers arrested DRUMMOND as he was carrying 20,000 ecstasy pills from a New Britain apartment that he had been using as a stash house. Officers then obtained a search warrant and discovered an additional 12,000 ecstasy pills inside the New Britain apartment. In addition, law enforcement officers seized approximately $80,000 in cash that had been stored in DRUMMOND’s East Hartford residence.
DRUMMOND also has agreed to forfeit to the Government $10,000 in order to resolve a criminal forfeiture proceeding against his residence.
DRUMMOND has been detained since his arrest.
The case against DRUMMOND was part of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Viper,” which was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Hartford, and which has led to the seizure of approximately 85,000 ecstacy pills, more than $150,000 in United States currency, four luxury vehicles, more than 30 firearms, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
This case was investigated by the Hartford Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the New Britain Police Department, the Manchester Police Department and the East Hartford Police Department.