Man Who Supplied New Haven Crack Distribution Ring
NOV 25 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that GENERO MARTE, also known as “G,” 44, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Blackwood, New Jersey, was sentenced yesterday, November 24, by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 204 months of imprisonment for supplying cocaine to a New Haven drug trafficking organization. Judge Hall also ordered MARTE to pay a fine in the amount of $25,000. On November 20, 2008, a jury found MARTE guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
This matter stems from “Operation No Nonsense,” an investigation conducted by the DEA New Haven Drug Task Force, including agents and officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department, into a significant crack cocaine trafficking ring operating in and around the Newhallville section of New Haven.
According to court documents, statements made in court and evidence disclosed during trials of several of the individuals charged as a result of this investigation, during 2006 and 2007, DEA Task Force agents made several supervised purchases of crack cocaine from Mauriel Glover, also known as “Feet,” of New Haven. In September 2007, the DEA obtained court-authorization for wiretaps on phones used by Glover and Roshaun Hoggard, also known as “Foot,” of New Haven, after which hundreds of incriminating drug-related calls were intercepted and recorded. The wiretap revealed that Glover, Hoggard and others regularly received cocaine from MARTE, which was transported to Connecticut and processed into crack. Glover, Hoggard and others then sold the crack to numerous customers in the Newhallville section of New Haven.
In several recorded conversations, Hoggard described the process of cooking the powder cocaine he had obtained from MARTE into crack. Hoggard also was intercepted complaining to MARTE about cocaine powder that was of too low quality to be processed into crack and which he wanted to return. During the trial of MARTE and Hoggard, the Government presented the testimony of law enforcement agents who followed Hoggard to the Bronx, New York where he met with associates of MARTE to pick up distribution quantities of cocaine.
MARTE, Glover and Hoggard have been detained since their arrests in December 2007.
On May 21, 2008, Glover pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. On November 20, 2008, a jury found Hoggard guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, and one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base. Each awaits sentencing.
This case has been 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. The United States Marshals Service assisted in the arrests of several of these defendants.