August 29, 2013
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
New Haven Man Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Federal Prison For Distributing Crack
AUG 29 - (NEW HAVEN, Conn.) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Mark Fuller, 50, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.
Fuller 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. The investigation revealed that Fuller conspired with others to purchase and redistribute crack cocaine.
On January 28, 2013, Fuller pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine (“crack”).
Fuller’s criminal history includes multiple felony convictions, including four felony drug convictions.
Fuller has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on May 17, 2012.
This matter is being 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.