John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on May 22, 2019, MALCOLM NEWTON, also known as “Biggie,” 25, of New Haven, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 66 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine in New Haven.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2017, the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force initiated an investigation into a New Haven drug trafficking organization. The investigation, which included physical surveillance, 13 controlled purchases of narcotics, and court-authorized wiretaps on multiple phones, revealed that members of the organization were distributing crack cocaine and oxycodone in the New Haven area.
Newton distributed crack cocaine on behalf of the organization numerous times between November 2017 and February 2018.
Newton and several other members of the organization were arrested on federal criminal complaints on February 6, 2018. At the time of his arrest, Newton was on state probation. A search of his residence on that date revealed five firearms, and small quantities of crack cocaine and oxycodone packaged for street sale.
On February 8, 2018, a grand jury in New Haven returned a 30-count indictment charging Newtown and 18 other individuals with various offenses.
Newton has been detained since his arrest. On February 22, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).
This matter is being investigated by the FBI’s New Haven Safe Streets/Gang Task Force, which includes members from the New Haven Police Department, Milford Police Department, West Haven Police Department and Connecticut Department of Correction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick F. Caruso and David C. Nelson.
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