STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 42-year-old Stamford man is looking at more than seven years in federal prison for his role in a drug-trafficking ring that sold crack in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.
Gary England was sentenced Sept. 15 by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 92 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly said.
His conviction stemmed from a six-month investigation spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.
As a result of the investigation, 20 people were charged with various federal offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford. In addition, law enforcement officers seized more than $100,000 in cash, 500 grams of cocaine, 350 grams of crack cocaine, several vehicles and jewelry.
According to court documents and statements made in court, the investigation revealed that Marvin Wooten, also known as “Smash,” of Norwalk, was operating a significant crack cocaine distribution ring in Fairfield County.
From September 2012 to January 2013, Wooten regularly purchased multihundred-gram quantities of cocaine from various sources of supply, including people who were selling cocaine out of a Bridgeport barbershop. He then converted the cocaine to crack cocaine and distributed it to other dealers and customers.
England was Wooten’s most trusted associate, to whom Wooten regularly supplied crack cocaine. He distributed the crack to several people in Stamford and Norwalk who sold the drug to their own customers.
On Oct. 2, 2013, England pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, or crack cocaine.
Wooten also pleaded guilty and, on May 22, 2013, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force – including the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Milford, Westport, and Stratford police departments, and the Connecticut State Police – and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.
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