FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2004
Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug
Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O'Connor, United
States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAMES
PEACE, age 41, of 225 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut, pleaded guilty
today to attempted possession of cocaine.
PEACE's plea of guilty was accepted this afternoon by United States Magistrate
Judge William Garfinkel in Bridgeport federal court. U.S. Attorney O'Connor
explained that JAMES PEACE was arrested on February 11, 2004, when he
attempted to purchase cocaine from an officer
of the Stratford Police Department acting in an undercover capacity.
The Stratford Police Officer was working in conjunction with a Drug Enforcement
Administration-led task force at the time.
As a consequence of today's guilty plea, PEACE faces up to one year
in prison, up to one year of supervised release to follow any period
of imprisonment imposed, a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 and a
maximum fine of $100,000, the costs of investigation and prosecution,
mandatory $25.00 fine. Pursuant to a plea agreement, PEACE agreed
to pay the costs of investigation and prosecution in the sum of $500.00
and to donate the money he was going to use to purchase the cocaine
to the Stratford Police Department's DARE Program.
This case was investigated by a Drug Enforcement Administration-led task
force consisting of federal agents, and officers from the Stratford Police
Department, the Bridgeport Police Department and the Stamford Police