News Release
January 13, 2006

Two New Haven Area 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 United States District Judge Janet C. Hall has sentenced two individuals in Bridgeport federal court for their involvement in a “crack” cocaine and powder cocaine distribution ring.

On Wednesday, January 11, Judge Hall sentenced GREGORY KEETON, age 19, of 104 Thompson Street, New Haven, to 24 months of imprisonment followed by six years of supervised release. On October 12, 2004, KEETON pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

On Thursday, January 12, Judge Hall sentenced CARLYLE HENRY, also known as “CJ,” age 21, of 19 Edgar Street, New Haven, to 50 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. On April 1, 2005, HENRY pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base.

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 were 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.

Moorning, Hines, Nelson and Groom were arrested in April 2004, and they were subsequently indicted on federal drug charges with 45 other individuals, including KEETON and HENRY. 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.

Judge Hall has sentenced Moorning, Hines, Groom and Nelson to 210 months, 80 months, 120 months and 144 months of imprisonment, respectively.

In addition to these sentencings, U.S. Attorney O’Connor today announced that on Tuesday, January 10, BEN TISDALE, also known as “Killer,” age 29, formerly of 23 West Street, New Haven, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. When he is sentenced by Judge Hall on April 24, 2006, TISDALE faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of 40 years. TISDALE is the 48th of the 49 individuals charged in this matter to enter a plea of guilty. In June 2005, the 49th defendant, Robert Thomas, was convicted after a trial by jury.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys H. Gordon Hall, Patrick F. Caruso and Alina P. Reynolds of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

This matter was investigated and prosecuted as a result of the Department of Justice’s “Weed and Seed” initiative in New Haven. Weed and Seed is a two-pronged strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted neighborhoods across the country. The strategy incorporates law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who cooperate in “weeding out”criminal activity from the community and then “seeding” the community by bringing human services to the area that encompass prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut helps to support Weed and Seed sites in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, New Britain, Norwalk and Willimantic.