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November 13, 2014

New Haven Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROMELL BROWN, 36, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a gang-related 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 BROWN, who is not a member of the Grape Street Crips, regularly supplied cocaine to the leader of organization, Donald Ogman, who then converted the cocaine into crack for sale. At times, BROWN also sold crack cocaine.

BROWN has been detained since his arrest on March 29, 2012. On March 11, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 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.

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