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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Connecticut Financial Center
157 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

www.justice.gov/usao/ct

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2009

Contact: Tom Carson, Public Information Officer

(203) 821-3722

(203) 996-1393 (cell)

ATF Led Investigation Targets New London Drug And Gun Trafficking

Forty-six individuals arrested on federal and state charges

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Boston Field Division, and Michael L. Regan, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London, today announced that 46 individuals were arrested today in and around New London on federal and state narcotics trafficking and firearms charges.

Today’s operation stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation. The nine-month investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine and crack cocaine, and physical surveillance.

“This coordinated operation is part of federal law enforcement’s ongoing commitment to disrupt the drug trade in southeastern Connecticut and remove guns from the streets of New London,” stated U.S. Attorney Dannehy. “I want to thank ATF, the DEA, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation, and the Norwich, Town of Groton, New London and Waterford police departments, which have devoted personnel and significant resources during the course of this investigation.”

“Because of the dedicated efforts of all the agencies that participated in this investigation, the city of New London is a safer place,” stated ATF’s Special Agent in Charge Anderson. “Protecting our communities from the illegal use and trafficking of firearms is part of the mission of ATF, and I hope that today’s actions send a strong message to those who choose to bring guns, drugs and violence into our neighborhoods. The Boston Field Division is committed to this community and we will continue our efforts here and across New England.”

The following individuals have been arrested on federal criminal complaints charging each with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute, and distribution of, narcotics:

  • LAMONT MULLER, a.k.a. “Dell” and “Cuz,” 36, of Alger Place, New London
  • MARCUS COLVIN, 30, of Williams Street, New London
  • DONALD GATLIN, a.k.a. “Jitt,” 28, of Federal Street, New London
  • LYNDON GORDON, a.k.a. “Panama,” 39, of Corbett Square, Danielson
  • JAVON PRAYLOU, a.k.a. “Joc,” 25, of Shaw Street, New London
  • RODNEY MORGAN, a.k.a. “Red,” of Norwich, Connecticut
  • WHEELER JOHNSON, 25, of Pleasant Street, New London
  • JERIMY ESCALERA, a.k.a. “DJ Gadget,” 23, of Vauxhall Street, New London
  • BENJAMIN GREGOR, 24, of Crystal Avenue, New London
  • TIFFANY HARRIS, 34, of Federal Street, New London
  • AMBER HARRIS, 27, of South Road, Groton
  • LETICIA GOOSBY, 27, of Fern Street, New London.

In addition, MAURICE MILLIGAN, 31, of Hawthorne Drive, New London, has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

The United States Attorney also announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport has returned indictments charging the following individuals, who also were arrested during today’s operation, with various crack cocaine distribution offenses:

  • DANIEL SCOTT, a.k.a. “D-Money,” 21, of Crystal Avenue, New London
  • DION ANTHONY, a.k.a. “Woody,” 24, of Williams Street, New London
  • JASON ROBINSON, a.k.a. “Minx,” 41, of New London and Groton
  • RICHARD ROWELL, 30, of Norwich and New London
  • DARIUS HARRIS, a.k.a. “Fat Boy, 29, of Bristol Street, New London, was arrested on an indictment charging him with unlawful firearms dealing and possession offenses.

In addition to the 18 federal defendants, Task Force agents and officers arrested 28 individuals on state narcotics and firearms charges. The state defendants will be prosecuted by the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office in New London.

Several additional defendants are being sought by law enforcement.

During today’s arrests and the execution of court-authorized search warrants, agents and officers seized firearms, narcotics, cash, and several vehicles.

This afternoon, the federal defendants were presented in U.S. District Court in Hartford and New Haven. Most have been ordered held without bond pending detention hearings that will begin next week. TIFFANY HARRIS, AMBER HARRIS, and LETICIA GOOSBY were released on bonds in the amount of $100,000.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan, Sarah P. Karwan, Robert M. Spector and Felice M. Duffy, and Senior Assistant States Attorneys Paul Narducci and Michael Kennedy of the New London States Attorney’s Office.