Federal Drug “Demand Reduction” Initiative:
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, announced that ELIZABETH BOWEN, age 49, of 17 Thornhill Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, was sentenced today in New Haven for possessing cocaine base, otherwise known as “crack” cocaine. United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis sentenced BOWEN to four months of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release. Judge Margolis also ordered BOWEN to pay a fine in the amount of $1000 and to set aside an additional $500 to be applied to drug counseling. BOWEN pleaded guilty to the charge on June 10, 2005.
During the last week of February 2005, federal and local law enforcement agencies arrested 30 individuals in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and the Bronx, New York, as part of an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine, and phencyclidine, otherwise known as “PCP,” in southwestern Connecticut. BOWEN was arrested at that time as part of the United States Department of Justice’s “Demand Reduction” initiative, which targets drug purchasers for prosecution.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. The Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police Department, Easton Police Department, Stratford Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Norwalk Police Department, Stamford Police Department, and Greenwich Police Department.