Ring Leader, Lieutenant of Danbury-Area Crack Distribution
NOV 12 -- 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, today announced that two individuals pleaded guilty earlier this week in U.S. District Court in New Haven to federal narcotics distribution charges stemming from their involvement in a Danbury-area crack cocaine ring.
On Tuesday, November 10, AARON THOMPSON, also known as “A” and “A-Plus,” 36, of Ives Court, Bridgeport, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
According to court documents and statements made in court, THOMPSON headed a crack cocaine distribution ring in and around Danbury that served dozens of customers. The DEA Task Force investigation, which included controlled purchases of narcotics and court-authorized wiretaps over several telephones, revealed that THOMPSON regularly obtained large quantities of cocaine, which he and others converted, or “cooked,” into crack. THOMPSON then employed other individuals to distribute the crack to customers.
On Monday, November 9, RONNIE SCOTT, 38, of Irving Place, Danbury, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base. SCOTT assisted THOMPSON in distributing the crack.
THOMPSON is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey on January 29, 2010, at which time THOMPSON faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of life, and a fine of up to $4 million. THOMPSON also has agreed to forfeit property he owns at 33 Ives Court in Bridgeport, a 2006 Ford Explorer and more than $46,000.
SCOTT is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Dorsey on January 28, 2010, at which time SCOTT faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years, and a fine of up to $2 million.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which includes representatives from the Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Stratford and Bridgeport Police Departments – in cooperation with the Danbury Police Special Investigations Division. The New Milford Police Department also assisted in the investigation.