News Release
April 27, 2006

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than
15 Years for Involvement in Fairfield County Crack & PCP Ring

APR 27--June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CLIFFORD HUNTER, age 34, formerly of 40 Hudson Street, Apartment 7, Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 188 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.”  HUNTER pleaded guilty to the charge on December 8, 2005.

        HUNTER’s conviction stems from a federal investigation into a crack cocaine and phencyclidine (“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 HUNTER and others alleging various violations of the federal narcotics laws.  On September 14, 2005, a New Haven grand jury returned a multi-count Superseding Indictment against HUNTER and co-defendant GABRIEL DOUGLAS alleging violations of the federal narcotics laws.  DOUGLAS has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

        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. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James J. Finnerty and Edward T. Kang.