Man Stopped For Speeding In Greenwich Gets Six Years For Drug Trafficking

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GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Brooklyn, N.Y., man who was stopped for speeding on Interstate 95 in Greenwich in January 2013 has been sentenced to six years in prison for drug trafficking.

Jabari Peterson, 27, was sentenced on Feb. 12 by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in U.S District Court in New Haven. Peterson received 72 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release for trafficking crack cocaine and oxycodone pills, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

A Connecticut state trooper stopped Peterson for speeding on Jan. 29, 2013, according to court documents.

"The trooper determined that Peterson did not have a license and subsequently performed a search," according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut. "After the trooper felt a plastic bag containing crack cocaine in Peterson’s jacket and attempted to pull it out, Peterson ran from the officer. Peterson then threw the bag of crack, as well as two bags containing oxycodone pills, onto the highway. ... the trooper was able to recover nearly 190 grams of crack, 147 30-mg oxycodone pills, and an additional amount of crushed oxycodone powder."

Peterson was arrested at the scene. The subsequent investigation showed that "Peterson was on his way to Vermont to distribute the drugs," according to the release.

Peterson pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, or crack cocaine, on June 6, 2013. 

Peterson’s prior criminal history includes a Vermont state conviction for selling cocaine when he was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment and was on probation at the time of his federal arrest, according to the release. 

This matter was investigated by Connecticut State Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

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