New Haven-Area Men Charged with Distributing Heroin and Crack
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on October 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a superseding indictment charging the following individuals with federal narcotics offenses:
SHAWN MILLER, aka “White Boy Shawn,” 31, of Hamden
PAUL COLON, aka “Paul Cane,” 27, of West Haven
ROBBIE SMITH, aka “Lil Rob,” 27, of New Haven
SEAN LONDON, 22, of New Haven
ROBERT OATHOUT, 35, of Branford
JASON LANGLEY, 40, of East Haven
HARRY ANASTASIO, 54, of East Haven
ANTONIO DELUCIA, 27, of Wallingford
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Haven, West Haven, Milford, Hamden and other local police departments, and the Connecticut Department of Correction. As alleged in court documents and statements made in court, the investigation focused on a heroin and crack distribution ring operating in the greater New Haven area, and headed by MILLER and COLON. The investigation revealed that members of the ring took orders over a cellular telephone from drug customers in several shoreline communities for quantities of heroin and crack cocaine, and then delivered the drugs by car. During the course of the investigation, agents and officers of the Task Force employed a variety of techniques, including debriefings of informants, physical surveillance, supervised purchases of heroin and crack, a court-authorized wiretap and the execution of federal search warrants.
On June 24, 2015, a grand jury returned an indictment charging SMITH and LONDON with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base (“crack”), and LONDON with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. The indictment also charged DELUCIA, ANASTASIO, LANGLEY, and OATHOUT, all of whom are alleged to be drug customers of the conspiracy, each with two counts of using a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking felony. The 11-count superseding indictment adds charges against MILLER and COLON, and alleges that between November 2014 and May 2015, MILLER, COLON, SMITH, and LONDON conspired to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. The superseding indictment also charges MILLER with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine.
If convicted, MILLER and COLON face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum term of life imprisonment on the conspiracy charge. MILLER also faces up to 20 years in prison on the distribution charge. LONDON faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the conspiracy charge, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on the distribution charge. SMITH faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years on the conspiracy charge. OATHOUT, ANASTASIO, LANGLEY, and DELUCIA each face a maximum term of imprisonment of four years on each count of using a telephone to facilitate a narcotics trafficking felony.
MILLER was arrested yesterday and is released on bond. COLON is in state custody on an unrelated charge.
The original indictment also charged Jeffrey Smith, aka “J-Money,” 21, of New Haven, with various offenses. On September 21, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base, and is awaiting sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys H. Gordon Hall and Jennifer R. Laraia.