September 03, 2015
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Danbury Woman Involved In Home Invasion Drug Robberies Sentenced To 3 Years In Federal Prison
DANBURY, Conn. - Michael J. Ferguson 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 Casey Kershaw, 27, of Danbury, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for participating in Danbury-area violent home invasion robberies of illegal drugs and drug trafficking proceeds.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in January 2013 the Danbury Police Department began investigating a narcotics trafficking network that maintained a series of drug distribution locations, known as trap houses, in Danbury, out of which members of the organization sold crack and heroin. The organization also rented hotel rooms where they packaged and distributed narcotics. During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the individuals who headed the drug trafficking ring had organized and committed armed home invasion robberies of marijuana dealers.
On January 30, 2013, Kershaw drove four of her co-defendants to the residence of a known marijuana dealer. The men, some of whom were armed with firearms, then forced entry into the residence. At the time, the victim of the robbery was with his mother, his girlfriend, their infant child and a friend. Once inside, one of the defendants pistol whipped the victim and demanded that he give them drugs and money. The victim then gave the defendants a bag containing approximately $30,000 and one pound of marijuana. The defendants then fled. Kershaw picked up her co-defendants and drove them to her residence. At Kershaw’s residence, the co-defendants divided the money, with Kershaw receiving $2,000. Kershaw and her co-defendants then went to the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Kershaw also was involved in the planning of a robbery that occurred on February 18, 2015. During this robbery, one of Kershaw’s co-defendants struck a male victim in the head with a handgun repeatedly before dropping the gun during a struggle. Investigators subsequently recovered the gun and found that it was fully loaded. After this robbery, the co-defendants gathered at Kershaw’s residence to re-group.
The investigation also revealed that Kershaw had been involved in drug trafficking and had allowed her co-defendants to store firearms at her residence.
Kershaw has been detained since her arrest on October 16, 2013. On October 14, 2014, she pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery.
This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force and the Danbury Police Department. The DEA Task Force includes personnel from the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia, Meriden, East Haven and Derby Police Departments.