For Immediate Release
October 13, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Stamford Man Sentenced to More Than
Eight Years in Federal Prison for Selling Crack
OCT 13 -- 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 TERRANCE LEWIS, 27, of Merrell Avenue, Stamford, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine. On February 1, 2010, LEWIS pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Big Loot,” a six-month investigation that was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. As a result of the investigation, a total of 52 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Stamford area. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $165,000 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, two kilograms of crack cocaine, five firearms and several vehicles.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in October and November 2009, LEWIS purchased a total of approximately 120 grams of crack cocaine, which he then sold in smaller quantities.
LEWIS has been detained since his arrest on December 8, 2009. LEWIS, who at the time of his arrest was on state parole, spent approximately seven months detained in state custody on a parole violation before being transferred into federal custody.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien, Greenwich and Danbury Police Departments assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants.