News Release
May 30, 2007

Middletown Man Sentenced To Five Years in Federal Prison for Dealing Crack

MAY 30 -- 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 REGINALD LEWIS, age 29, of Hillside Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). LEWIS pleaded guilty to the charge on February 13, 2007.

On October 4, 2006, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging LEWIS and several other individuals with various narcotics offenses involving the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Meriden, Middletown and other towns. The charges against LEWIS stem from intercepted telephone conversations regarding crack cocaine transactions, as well as a May 24, 2006, state arrest of LEWIS in Meriden, during which the Meriden police seized approximately seven grams of crack cocaine from LEWIS.

LEWIS was arrested on federal charges on October 11, 2006, and subsequently was released on bond. However, LEWIS was remanded into custody on January 10, 2007, after he violated the conditions of his bond, and he is currently incarcerated.

This investigation was a collaborative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Meriden Police Department.