February 16, 2017
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
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Southeastern Connecticut Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison
FEB 16 - BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Sydney Jackson, also known as “Fatz,” 34, of New London, Conn. and Queens, N.Y., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine. 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, jointly announced the sentencing.
This sentence stems from a long-term investigation headed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force-East into the large-scale distribution of narcotics in southeastern Connecticut.
The investigation revealed that, between 2013 and 2015, Jackson and others regularly acquired kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin from sources in New York and transported the drugs to southeastern Connecticut. Much of the cocaine was converted to crack cocaine by Jackson in Connecticut, and the drugs were distributed through a network of dealers in Groton, Norwich, New London and Stonington, Connecticut, Westerly, Rhode Island and the surrounding area.
On November 24, 2015, a federal grand jury in Hartford returned a 35-count superseding indictment charging Jackson and 12 other defendants with various narcotics trafficking and firearm offenses. In addition, approximately 20 individuals were prosecuted on related state charges. During the course of the investigation, which included numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, extensive surveillance and the execution of 11 state search warrants, investigators seized approximately 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of crack cocaine, 416 grams of heroin, five firearms and $53,500 in cash.
Jackson was arrested on June 23, 2015. On October 27, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine (“crack cocaine”).
This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Connecticut Department of Correction and Groton City, Groton Town, New London, Norwich and Waterford Police Departments.