David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that two men involved in a New Haven drug trafficking organization were sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation conducted by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force, the DEA New Haven Task Force, the New Haven Police Department, and the Hamden Police Department. Through the use of court-authorized wiretaps, investigating officers identified and dismantled a large drug trafficking organization that was centered in the Newhallville section of New Haven and Hamden that was responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Greater New Haven area.
Russell Battles, also known as “Cuddy” and “Cuddy Russ,” 29, of New Haven, was sentenced to 152 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On May 2, 2011, Battles pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. According to court documents and statements made in court, in September and October 2010, Battles was intercepted several times over a wiretap arranging to purchase multiple kilograms of cocaine.
Milton Johnson, also known as “Tilt,” 28, of New Haven, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On April 3, 2012, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine.”) According to court documents and statement made in court, between June and October 2010, Johnson distributed between 196 and 280 grams of crack cocaine.
Forty-seven individuals have been charged in federal court with various narcotics offenses as a result of this investigation.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that federal prisoners are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentenced term of imprisonment and are not eligible for parole.
This matter was investigated by the FBI New Haven Safe Streets Task Force (composed of members of members of the New Haven, Milford, and Hamden Police Departments and the Connecticut Department of Correction), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force (composed of members of the New Haven, West Haven, Meriden, Ansonia, Hamden, and Branford Police Departments), along with substantial participation by members of the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service also has assisted the investigation.
The investigation was funded in significant part by the United States Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and supported by the ogfice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Anti-Gang programs.
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher M. Mattei and Robert M. Spector.