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Stamford cocaine dealer sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Dwight Longmore, 35, of Division Street, Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  On Feb. 7, 2008, Longmore pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  This matter stems from a joint investigation conducted by ICE, the Stamford Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on May 10, 2007, members of the Stamford Police Department were conducting surveillance at Longmore's residence in order to arrest an associate of Longmore's who was wanted for federal immigration violations.  An individual closely resembling the associate exited Longmore's residence and drove away.  Believing that the driver was Longmore's associate, Stamford police officers conducted a motor vehicle stop and found 26 grams of cocaine in the car.  After being advised of his rights, the driver identified himself as Longmore and signed a written consent form that allowed police to search his residence.  A subsequent search revealed an additional 443 grams of cocaine, $89,040 in U.S. currency, $21,750 in Jamaican currency, a scale used to weigh illegal drugs, and two false shaving cream cans used to hide contraband.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Harold H. Chen.