Hamden Man Gets Nearly 6 Years in Federal Crack Cocaine Takedown

A convicted drug dealer from Hamden caught in the federal drug investigation "Operation Bloodline" has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

According to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly, William Hines, also known as “Gunz,” 30, of Hamden, was sentenced Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from “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.  More than 100 individuals were charged as a result of the investigation.

Hines was arrested on May 30, 2012. He has been detained since Dec. 12, 2013, when he was arrested in Maine on state charges while released on bond.  On Sept. 4, 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Hines's criminal history includes five prior convictions for larceny, possession of narcotics, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm.

The case is being 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 assistance to the investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Dave Vatti and Marc Silverman.


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