News Release
May 21, 2008

Leader Of New Haven Crack Cocaine Ring Pleads Guilty, Faces Minimum Of 20 Years In Federal Prison

MAY 21 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MAURIEL GLOVER, also known as “Feet,” 30, of Ivy Street, New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday, May 21, before United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”). GLOVER is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall on August 8, 2008, at which time GLOVER faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life, and a fine of up to $8,000,000.

The charge against GLOVER stems from “Operation No Nonsense,” an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Task Force, which is composed of agents and officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department. According to information disclosed in court proceedings, in 2004, the Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine by an organization based in the Newhallville section of New Haven. A variety of traditional and sophisticated investigative techniques were employed by the Task Force, including the controlled purchases of crack cocaine. The investigation disclosed that a New Haven distribution network was transporting large quantities of powder cocaine from a New York source of supply on a weekly basis, processing the cocaine into crack cocaine, packaging the crack for sale, and distributing it throughout the New Haven area.

The Government has alleged that GLOVER was an organizer and leader of the drug trafficking organization. During 2006 and 2007, DEA Task Force agents made several supervised purchases of crack cocaine from GLOVER in quantities ranging from five grams to more than 80 grams. In September 2007, the DEA obtained authorization from the Court for wiretaps on GLOVER’s telephone and one used by one of his associates, after which hundreds of incriminating drug-related calls were intercepted and recorded. During these conversations, GLOVER arranged to sell quantities of crack to his customers, discussed with his associates obtaining additional quantities of drugs from his New York suppliers, and discussed prices and local supples of cocaine and crack. GLOVER and his associates would obtain powder cocaine from New York, transport it to Connecticut, “cook” the cocaine into crack, and distribute it throughout the New Haven area, primarily in GLOVER’s former neighborhood of Newhallville.

On January 8, 2008, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an Indictment charging GLOVER and 16 others for their alleged involvement in this crack cocaine trafficking operation.

GLOVER has been detained since his arrest by DEA Task Force members on December 11, 2007.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department, the West Haven Police Department, the Shelton Police Department, the Meriden Police Department and the Branford Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service.