News Release
May 9, 2006

New London Man Arrested on Federal Crack Charge

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 JEREMIAH SIMONS, also known as “J,” age 18, of 58 Colman Street, New London, Connecticut, was arrested last night, May 8, on a Complaint charging him with possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base (“crack cocaine.”) SIMONS was presented this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford.

According to the Complaint, on February 23, 2006, SIMONS is alleged to have distributed more than five grams of crack cocaine to a cooperating witness.

If convicted, SIMONS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years, and a fine of up to $2 million.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that a Complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to have this matter presented to a grand jury and, in the event an indictment is returned, he is entitled to a trial at which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

        The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New London Police Department.