News Release
August 3, 2006

Bridgeport Man Involved In Fairfield County Crack Ring
Receives 13-Year Sentence

AUG 3 -- 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 JOHN JOHNSON, age 35, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 156 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release for possessing with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). JOHNSON, who was sentenced as a Career Offender under federal law, pleaded guilty to the offense on January 20, 2006.

JOHNSON was arrested on February 24, 2005 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.

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.