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Nineteen people, including a Fairfield County man, have been arrested as a result of an FBI New Haven Task Force Investigation into crack cocaine and Oxycodone.  Seven firearms were seized during the investigation.

John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell announced that a grand jury in New Haven returned a 30-count indictment charging 19 individuals with federal narcotics offenses related to the distribution of crack cocaine and oxycodone in and around New Haven.

According to allegations 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 headed by Jermayne Butler. The investigation, which included physical surveillance, 13 controlled purchases of narcotics, and court-authorized wiretaps on multiple phones, revealed that Butler and others were distributing crack cocaine and oxycodone in the New Haven area.

Charged in the indictment are:

CARNELL EDWARDS, 47, of Bridgeport

JERMAYNE BUTLER, a.k.a. “Main,” “Main Live” and “Liver,” 36, of New Haven

TYRESE HARGROVE, a.k.a. “T.Y.,” 36, of New Haven

DEQUEISHA SLEDGE, a.k.a. “Queish” and “Shontay,” 35, of New Haven

TORRENCE GAMBLE, a.k.a. “Bones” and “Bone,” 44, of New Haven

RONNIE GORDON, a.k.a. “Pop,” 36, of New Haven

ANTHONY MCBRIDE, a.k.a. “Moto,” 49, of New Haven

JOEY FULLER, 28, of New Haven

MALCOLM NEWTON, a.k.a. “Biggie,” 23, of New Haven

MARQUIS PARKER, 25, of New Haven

MARVIN SPRUILL, a.k.a. “Marv,” 25, of West Haven

MILTON VEREEN, a.k.a. “M.D.,” 38, of New Haven

RASHAAN WOOLFOLK, a.k.a. “Booka,” 26, of West Haven

HUSAIN REDMOND, a.k.a. “Pullie,” 37, of West Haven

ROBERT THOMPSON, a.k.a. “Bobby D” and “Bobby Diesel,” 49, of New Haven

CHAUNCEY EVANS, a.k.a. “Chaos,” 45, of New Haven

OSVALDO SAEZ, 30, of New Haven

ZARKEE SANDERS, 40, of Hamden

On Feb. 6, investigators arrested all of the defendants with the exception of Tyrese Hargrove, Anthony McBride and Chauncy Evans, who were already incarcerated in state custody. One defendant is still being sought.

In association with the arrests, investigators conducted court-authorized searches of seven properties in New Haven and Hamden and seized seven firearms, ammunition, approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine, and approximately $14,000 in cash.

The indictment charges Butler, Gamble and Sanders with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 280 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”). If convicted of this charge, the defendants face a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

Hargrove, Sledge, Gordon, McBride, Fuller, Newton, Parker, Spruill, Redmond, Evans, Edwards and Saez are charged with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 28 grams or more of cocaine base. If convicted of this charge, the defendants face a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years. Woolfook is charged with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, a quantity of cocaine base, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

Butler, Hargrove, Sledge, Spruill, Vereen and Thompson are charged with conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

In addition, the indictment charges each of the defendants with one of more counts of possession and/or distribution of crack cocaine and/or oxycodone.

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