Hamden Man Sentenced to 77 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Crack Cocaine
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CLAYTON CARNEY, also known as “Hardcore,” 38, of Hamden, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 77 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a narcotics distribution ring.
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from an investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force and the New Haven Police Department into drug distribution and related violence allegedly being committed by members and associates of the Grape Street Crips in New Haven. The investigation revealed that CARNEY conspired with Donald Ogman, who has been identified in court proceedings as the leader of the Grape Street Crips, to purchase quantities of cocaine from their respective dealers, convert the cocaine to crack and then sell the crack to customers and other street-level distributors.
CARNEY’s criminal history includes several state felony drug convictions.
CARNEY has been detained since his arrest on April 11, 2012. On March 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
A total of 18 individuals were charged as a result of this investigation, and all have pleaded guilty. Ogman and several other defendants await sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the New Haven, Hamden and Milford Police Departments, the Connecticut State Police and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction. The investigation has been assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Westerly (R.I.) Police Department.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and H. Gordon Hall.