News Release
January 31, 2007

Hartford Crack Dealer Sentenced To More Than Three Years

JAN 31 -- 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 EDWARD BILLIE, age 34, of 27 East Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release. On February 28, 2006, BILLIE waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine base (“crack” cocaine).

On January 5, 2006, BILLIE was arrested at his residence by law enforcement officers working with the Drug Enforcement Administration after he was found in possession of 3.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Following today’s sentencing proceeding, BILLIE, who had been released on bond, was remanded into custody to begin service of his sentence.

This case was investigated by the Hartford resident office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.