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New Haven Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Cocaine, Crack Cocaine and Oxycodone

JUN 20 (NEW HAVEN, Conn.) - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Michael Thompson, 35, of New Haven, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 168 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing cocaine, crack cocaine and oxycodone.

Thompson is one of more than 100 individuals charged as a result of “Operation Bloodline,” a joint law enforcement investigation targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in the Dwight-Kensington and Fair Haven sections of New Haven.  Led by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments, the year-long investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on numerous telephones, extensive physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, execution of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics and firearms.
On December 6, 2013, a jury found Thompson guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and a quantity of oxycodone.

According to the evidence at trial, Thompson received kilogram quantities of cocaine from suppliers, including co-defendant Christopher “White Boy Chris” Morley, which Thompson converted into crack cocaine and then sold to other narcotics distributors and customers.  Morley also provided Thompson with quantities of oxycodone, which Thompson redistributed to others.  At times, Thompson supplied powder cocaine to Morley.

Thompson’s criminal history includes at least nine prior felony convictions.
Morley pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments.  The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services and the Milford, Hartford, New Britain, North Branford and Stratford Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

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