September 27, 2012
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
New Haven Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Distributing Narcotics
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Kevin L. Lane, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two men involved in a New Haven drug trafficking organization were sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department and the Hamden Police Department. Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden, and was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.
Gemini Napoleon, also known as “G.I.,” “Poe” and “Gemi,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced to 140 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On May 1, 2012, Napoleon pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of cocaine (“crack cocaine”). According to court documents and statements made in court, in early 2010, law enforcement officers conducted three controlled purchases of crack from Napoleon. Later in 2010, Napoleon was intercepted multiple times over a wiretap ordering distribution quantities of crack.
Napoleon’s criminal history includes felony convictions for sale of narcotics, sale of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, and assault in the second degree.
Marc Hobson, also known as “Unc” and “Bean,” 37, of New Haven, was sentenced to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On March 8, 2012, Hobson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base. According to court documents and statements made in court, between June and October 2010, Hobson was intercepted numerous times over a wiretap ordering eighth-ounce quantities of crack cocaine from another member of the conspiracy. He then sold the crack in smaller quantities to his own customer base.
Hobson’s criminal history includes three convictions for sale of narcotics and one conviction for sale of a controlled substance.
Forty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter was investigated by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task (composed of members of members of the New Haven, Milford and Hamden Police Departments and the Connecticut Department of Correction), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task (composed of members of the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden and Branford Police Departments), along with substantial participation by members of the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service also has assisted the investigation.
The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the Office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.