News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

West Hartford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison
for Crack Distribution

NOV 17 -- Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUCIOUS MATHIS, JR., also known as “Dime,” 29, of Cambridge Street, West Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.  On July 21, 2008, MATHIS pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on May 31, 2007, Hartford Police narcotics detectives arrested MATHIS after he was found in possession of approximately 66 grams of crack cocaine in a parking lot on Brook Street in Hartford.

MATHIS has an extensive criminal history, which includes convictions for the sale of illegal drugs and crimes of violence.

MATHIS has been detained since his arrest.

This matter was adopted for federal prosecution through the Department of Justice’s “Weed and Seed” initiative in the Upper Albany/Clay Arsenal Neighborhoods of 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, Bridgeport 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.