News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 05, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Norwich Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for Dealing Crack and Cocaine

FEB 05 -- Steve W. Derr, 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, today announced that two Norwich residents were sentenced yesterday, February 4, in Bridgeport federal court for possessing distribution quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine.  United States District Judge Janet C. Hall ordered BOBBY TUCKER, 21, to serve 72 months of imprisonment and LAUREN TIPTON, 21, to serve 30 months of imprisonment.  TUCKER and TIPTON also must serve five years of supervised release following their release from prison.  On April 24, 2008, each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possession of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”) and a quantity of cocaine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on April 13, 2007, Norwich Police responded to TUCKER and TIPTON’s apartment at 28 Williams Street in Norwich after being advised of complaints regarding the smell of marijuana emanating from the apartment and indications that the occupants of the apartment may have been engaging in drug dealing.  A subsequent court-authorized search of the apartment revealed approximately 70 grams of crack cocaine, more than 130 grams of cocaine, marijuana, narcotics paraphernalia, and $27,200 in cash.

The seized cash has been forfeited to the United States.  The defendants also agreed to the forfeiture of an additional $18,000, three Lexus automobiles, and one Saab automobile.

TUCKER and TIPTON have been incarcerated since July 12, 2007.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Norwich Police Department and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.