Norwich man pleads guilty in midst of drug-dealing trial

A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to drug-dealing charges this morning in the midst of his trial in New London Superior Court.

Kevin Cherry will be sentenced June 17 to four years in prison for possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell. Upon completion of his sentence, the father of four, who has been in the United States since he was 16 years old, faces deportation to his native Haiti due to his immigration status, according to his attorney Gregg W. Wagman.

The trial got underway Monday before Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed. Prosecutor Paul J. Narducci called to the witness stand members of the Norwich Police Department and a man accused of buying two “eight balls,” or about seven grams, of crack cocaine from Cherry on March 13, 2013, at his condominium at 188 Summit St.

Detectives who had been conducting surveillance of the condominium obtained a search warrant and seized about 35 grams of crack cocaine, $2,700 in cash and 30 oxycodone pills.

In taking the case to trial, Cherry had rejected the prosecutor’s offer to plead guilty in exchange for a two-year prison sentence.

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