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Case Number: 3:19-cr-00065-VLB
Judge: Vanessa L. Bryant
Court: United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (New Haven County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: New Have, Connecticut criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with drug distribution.
Andre Smith, also known as “Dre,” 42, of Woodstock, was charged for distributing cocaine and crack.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2018, the FBI, Norwich Police Department and other law enforcement agencies began investigating a drug trafficking organization that was distributing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in southeastern Connecticut. The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps and six controlled purchases of crack from Harold Butler, revealed that Butler and others were distributing narcotics to drug users and other street-level dealers, including Smith, in southeastern Connecticut. Butler also used his Norwich business, Hat Boyz, to store and distribute narcotics.
Smith was arrested on February 20, 2019. On March 5, 2019, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Smith, Butler and 11 other individuals with narcotics trafficking offenses. On October 12, 2021, Smith pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”).
Butler pleaded guilty and, on October 9, 2019, was sentenced to 77 months of imprisonment.
CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE, AND TO POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE HEROIN, COCAINE AND COCAINE BASE
Outcome: Defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total of 41 months; supervised release for a total term of 3 years; and a special assessment of $100 shall be paid immediately. The defendant shall self-surrender to the BOP/USM for the District of Connecticut by 3-23-2022.