FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2005
New Haven Crack Dealers Sentenced To Federal Prison
June W. Stansbury,
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, today announced that four New Haven residents have
been sentenced Bridgeport federal court for their involvement in a "crack" cocaine
and powder cocaine distribution ring.
On Thursday, August 18, United States District Judge Janet C. Hall sentenced
GERALD DRIFFIN, also known as "Jajuan Driffin," also known as "Nut," age
29, to 100 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.
On Tuesday, August 23, Judge Hall sentenced JAMEL
NOBLES, also known as "Dungeon," age 28, to 70 months of imprisonment,
followed by five years of supervised release. On Wednesday, August 24, Judge
Hall sentenced DE PAUL CRUDUP, also known as "Pace," age 33,
to 100 months of imprisonment followed, by five years supervised release,
and HERBERT TISDALE, also known as "H.G.," age 31, to 94 months of
imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. Each of the four defendants
previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute between five grams and
20 grams of cocaine base ("crack" cocaine).
These charges stem from an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Task
Force, composed of agents and officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration,
and the New Haven and West Haven Police Departments.
According to information disclosed in court proceedings, in late 2003,
the Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of crack
cocaine throughout the New Haven area by Julius Moorning and his associates.
A variety of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques were
employed by the Task Force, including court-authorized
wiretaps. The investigation disclosed that Moorning and his associates,
Edward Hines, Rodney Nelson and Michele Groom, were obtaining large quantities
of crack and powder cocaine and transporting it to New Haven for resale.
The crack and cocaine was then sold to local distributors in the Newhallville,
Dwight-Kensington, Hill, Fair Haven, Eastern Circle, Westville, Brookside
and West Hills sections of New Haven, and in Derby and West Haven, Connecticut.
Nelson and Groom were arrested in April 2004, and they were subsequently
indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges with 45 other individuals,
including DRIFFIN, NOBLES, CRUDUP and TISDALE. In association
with searches conducted at the time the defendants in this matter were arrested,
a large quantity of crack cocaine and more than $88,000 was seized by law enforcement.
In May, Judge Hall sentenced Groom to 120 months of imprisonment followed
by six years of supervised release. Moorning, Hines and Nelson are