News Release
January 3, 2006

Norwalk Man Sentenced To Five Years In Federal Prison For
Conspiring To Distribute Crack Cocaine

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 JERMAINE McCLAIN, age 29, of 5 Trinity Place, Norwalk, was sentenced on Wednesday, December 28, by United States District Judge Janet B. Arterton in New Haven, to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On August 11, 2005, McCLAIN pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack” cocaine).

McCLAIN was arrested as part of a federal investigation into a crack cocaine and PCP distribution ring in Fairfield County. In early 2005, federal and local law enforcement officers arrested 30 individuals in Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, and Bridgeport as part of the investigation. Law enforcement officers also conducted searches of nine residences in Connecticut and New York and recovered crack cocaine, PCP, drug packaging materials, narcotics paraphernalia, and United States currency.

On March 9, 2005, a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport returned a multi-count Indictment against McCLAIN and others alleging various violations of federal narcotics laws.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. The Task Force includes law enforcement officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bridgeport Police Department, Easton Police Department, Stratford Police Department, Norwalk Police Department, Stamford Police Department, and Greenwich Police Department.