Oxycodone, Cocaine & Marijuana Involved in Federal Drug Trial
Oxycodone, cocaine & marijuana are all part of the ongoing legal battle where two of the six defendants on trial in U.S. District Court pleaded guilty Friday to taking part in a large-scale cocaine distribution operation in and around New London. Lamont Muller, 37, and Wheeler Johnson III, 26, of New London, both face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison.Using wiretaps, GPS tracking, hidden cameras, controlled purchases and other investigative techniques, federal, state and local police built a case against more than 15 people, many of them friends and relatives of each other.Several of the co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.Muller and Wheeler were on trial along with four others, Marcus Colvin, Donald Gatlin, Gerjuan Tyus and Joseph Ellis, when they decided to plead guilty. The trial resumes Monday for the remaining defendants.Muller, who the government said played a leadership role in the conspiracy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and quantities of marijuana and Oxycodone. He pleaded guilty also to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Agents had seized two handguns from Muller.His attorney, Michael Hillis, could not be reached for comment.Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and quantities of marijuana and Oxycodone. His attorney, Conrad Seifert, could not be reached for comment.The government alleged the conspiracy took place at least from March 2007, when phone records indicate Renaldo Goosby called Muller after a Waterford policeman said he was going to search Goosby's car with a drug-sniffing dog. Goosby, a 25-year-old former star athlete from New London, fled from the traffic stop, crashed his car and died. Police said they recovered 3 kilograms of cocaine that had been strapped to the car's drive shaft.The government said that as the conspiracy continued, Ellis was arrested during a traffic stop in Louisiana with 700 grams of cocaine. The government alleges that Ellis and Colvin flew to Texas and that Ellis was pulled over as he returned with the drugs.The investigation continued to October 2009, when the government seized narcotics, cash, vehicles and firearms.In his plea agreement with the government, Johnson has agreed to forfeit the items seized from him, including a 2003 Ford Explorer, a 2005 Acura, $10,000 in cash, and a collection of jewelry found in his safebox.The jewelry collection contained one Breitling watch, one Movado watch, two pairs of diamond earrings, one diamond ring and one set of diamond teeth.