News Release
May 18, 2006

Two New London Men Indicted on Drug Charges

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kevin Kane, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned a six-count Indictment charging TYRONE HENRY, also known as “Blondie,” age 31, of 615B Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, and JEREMIAH SIMONS, also known as “J,” age 18, of 58 Coleman Street, New London, with violations of the federal narcotics statutes. The Indictment, which was returned yesterday, May 17, charges HENRY with four counts of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack” cocaine) and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The Indictment charges SIMONS with three counts of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.

If convicted, HENRY and SIMONS face mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment of five years and maximum terms of 40 years on each of the crack cocaine distribution counts. In addition, due to the alleged quantity of crack and because of his prior felony narcotics convictions, HENRY could face a mandatory term of imprisonment of life, if convicted.

“The charges against these two men stem from an ongoing joint investigation into narcotics trafficking and associated violence in the City of New London,” U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated. “Federal law enforcement is committed to working with the New London Police and the New London State’s Attorney to investigate and prosecute crimes that help to destroy the quality of life in the neighborhoods where they are committed.”

HENRY and SIMONS were arrested last week and both are currently detained pending trial. U.S. Attorney O’Connor and State’s Attorney Kane stressed that an indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, together with officers of the New London Police Department.