News Release
February 7, 2007

"Weed And Seed " Defendant Gets Five Years In Prison

FEB 7 -- 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 DARNELL TILLMAN, age 19, of 57 Cabot Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford, to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On August 30, 2006, TILLMAN pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging him with one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on April 10, 2006, TILLMAN was arrested by Hartford Police on Cabot Street after he was found in possession of approximately 14 grams, or one-half ounce, of crack cocaine that he had intended to sell. TILLMAN has been detained since his arrest.

This matter stems from the Department of Justice’s “Weed and Seed” initiative in Hartford. Weed and Seed is a two-pronged strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted neighborhoods across the country. The strategy incorporates law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who cooperate in “weeding out” criminal activity from the community and then “seeding” the community by bringing human services to the area that encompass prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut helps to support Weed and Seed sites in Hartford, New Haven, and Willimantic.

The “weeding” side of the Hartford Weed and Seed effort is a collaborative effort that includes representatives of the Hartford Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, the State’s Attorneys’ Office and the Bureau of Juvenile Justice. Representatives from these agencies and departments have been working to identify an effective means of reducing violent crime in the Upper Albany/Clay Arsenal Neighborhoods.