Man sentenced for distributing crack cocaine

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man known as “Jimmy Jam” was sentenced today by a U.S. District Judge to 10 years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.

James Bowman of New haven will follow up his prison time with five years of supervised release, according to United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Deidre Daly. Bowman 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.  The investigation revealed that Bowman operated a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking operation in the greater New Haven area.

Bowman has been detained since his arrest on May 17, 2012.  On Dec. 2, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine).

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.

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