News Release
April 6, 2006

Bridgeport Man Involved in Crack and PCP
Distribution Ring Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

APR 6--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 ANDRE CARTER, age 30, formerly of 533 Wood Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine base, otherwise known as “crack cocaine.” CARTER pleaded guilty to the charge on August 18, 2005.

CARTER 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 CARTER 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 consists of 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.