News Release
For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New London Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison
for Selling Crack

APR 13 -- 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, announced that DION ANTHONY, 24, of Williams Street, New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.  ANTHONY pleaded guilty to the offence on January 22, 2010.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on three occasions in July and August 2009, federal and local law enforcement officers made controlled purchases of crack cocaine from ANTHONY in New London.  On October 30, 2009, when executing the arrest warrant for ANTHONY at his residence, officers discovered more than two ounces of powder cocaine, nearly an ounce of crack cocaine, 2.1 grams of marijuana, 65 marijuana plants, a digital scale, firearms parts and accessories, and 13 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.

This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Connecticut’s cities.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.