New Haven Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 24 Years In Federal Prison
JUN 18 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROSHAUN HOGGARD, also known as “Foot,” 31, formerly of Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 288 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for his role in a New Haven-based crack cocaine distribution ring. On November 20, 2008, a jury found HOGGARD guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.
In January 2008, HOGGARD and 16 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, on a weekly basis, HOGGARD and others received bulk quantities of powder cocaine from a New York source of supply, and processed the cocaine into crack cocaine. The crack was packaged in New Haven and distributed for street sale throughout the New Haven area. The evidence presented by the Government included court-authorized recordings of telephone calls in which HOGGARD and others discussed the purchase and sale of powder cocaine, the transport of the powder cocaine to Connecticut for processing into crack, and the sale of crack to numerous customers in the Newhallville section of New Haven. In several recorded conversations, HOGGARD described the process of cooking the powder cocaine he had obtained into crack. HOGGARD also was intercepted complaining to his source of supply about cocaine powder that was of too low quality to be processed into crack and which he wanted to return. In addition, the Government presented the testimony of surveillance agents who followed HOGGARD to the Bronx where picked up distribution quantities of cocaine.
During the investigation, agents seized several hundred grams of powder cocaine from HOGGARD and his associates, as well as crack cocaine, scales, packaging materials and more than $10,000 in U.S. currency.
HOGGARD has been detained since his arrest in December 2007.
This case was 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.