New Haven Crack Dealer Gets 10 years on Gun Charge

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NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KEVIN McFARLANE, also known as “Jabari McBurn” and “Dexter Creque,” 43, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for firearm possession and crack cocaine distribution offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 8, 2018, in New Haven, McFarlane possessed a loaded Glock model 43 9mm semiautomatic handgun and approximately 97 grams of crack cocaine.  The firearm had been reported stolen in Florida in 2017.

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McFarlane’s criminal history includes a 2004 conviction in Connecticut for sale of a hallucinogen/narcotic, and a 2007 conviction in Florida for murder in the second degree.  He was released from Florida state prison in July 2017.

McFarlane has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on July 11, 2018.  On September 5, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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This prosecution has been brought through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.