Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that AARON CLAYTON, also known as “Ace,” 54, of New Britain was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for distributing powder and crack cocaine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation led by the FBI and the Norwich, New London and Hartford Police Departments into a narcotics distribution network that stretched from southeastern Connecticut to the Hartford, New Britain and Waterbury areas. The investigation, which included court-authorized wiretaps, surveillance, search warrants, and seizures of cocaine and crack cocaine, revealed that Clayton purchased large quantities of cocaine from an associate, converted some of the cocaine to crack, and then sold both cocaine and crack to drug distributors and users.
On March 17, 2020, law enforcement conducted court-authorized searches of Clayton’s residence and two other residences connected to this drug trafficking organization and seized approximately three kilograms of cocaine and nearly $100,000 in cash.
On June 30, 2020, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Clayton and eight other individuals with offenses related to their involvement in this drug ring. Clayton was arrested on July 1, 2020.
On September 2, 2021, Clayton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
This matter has been investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Norwich, New London and Hartford Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Donovan, with assistance from Law Student Intern Erin Collins, through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Program. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations through a prosecutor-led and intelligence-driven approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.