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Man Sentenced For Role In Norwalk Narcotics Ring

HARTFORD, Conn. – A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to 18 months in in prison for his role in a narcotics trafficking ring run in Norwalk by his uncle, said David Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Michael "Tyree" Hammett, 29, stored large quantities of heroin in his Bridgeport condo for his uncle, Gavin Hammett, Fein said in a statement. He also sold cocaine to his uncle's customers when his uncle was unavailable. He obtained powder cocaine from his uncle and sold it to his own customers as well.

Michael Hammett pleaded guilty on Jan. 20 to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine. He has no previous convictions. Hammett's sentence includes three years of supervised release after his imprisonment and 120 hours of community service.

Gavin Hammett was sentenced on Oct. 20 to 20 years in prison.

Both Hammetts arrested as part of "Operation Hammertime," a four-month DEA Task Force wiretap investigation that targeted the drug trafficking operation run out of the Roodner Court housing complex. A total of 20 individuals have been charged with various narcotics and firearms offenses. Law enforcement officers seized more than one kilogram of cocaine, more than 200 grams of crack cocaine, multiple bundles of heroin, more than $100,000 in cash, seven vehicles and two firearms.

As part of his sentence, Michael Hammett forfeited $2000 in cash seized from him at the time of his arrest and two vehicles, a 2008 Infiniti G37, and a 2007 BMW 750.

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