For Immediate Release
New Haven Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Narcotics
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYLON VAUGHN, also known as “Bucky B,” 36, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine and marijuana.
VAUGHN is one of more than 100 individuals charged as a result of “Operation Bloodline,” a joint law enforcement investigation targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in the Dwight-Kensington and Fair Haven sections of New Haven. Led by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments, the year-long investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on numerous telephones, extensive physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, execution of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics and firearms.
On December 6, 2013, a jury found VAUGHN guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”) and a quantity of marijuana, and two counts of distributing cocaine base. According to the evidence at trial, VAUGHN received distribution quantities of crack from co-defendant Britt Martin, also known as “Big Baby,” and distributed crack and marijuana, as well as other controlled substances, to customers in Fair Haven. In May and June 2011, investigators made two controlled purchases of crack from VAUGHN.
VAUGHN’s criminal history includes 11 prior convictions, six of which were for drug offenses.
Martin pleaded guilty to his role in this conspiracy and is currently serving a 120-month prison term.
This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services and the Milford, Hartford, New Britain, North Branford and Stratford Police Departments have provided valuable assistance to the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Dave Vatti and Marc Silverman, with assistance from Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Rombeau.