Norwich man to serve five years in prison for cocaine trafficking

A federal court judge sentenced 22-year-old Javon Morse of Norwich Wednesday to five years in federal prison for trafficking cocaine, which the government said he stashed in storage units in Waterford along with loaded handguns.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill also imposed four years of supervised release.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, in early 2017, members of the FBI's Northern Connecticut Safe Streets Task Force and the Norwich Police Department conducted three controlled purchases of cocaine from Morse. The investigation revealed that Morse was using storage units at two separate storage facilities in Waterford to hide drugs and cash.

On April 24, 2017, investigators conducted a court-authorized search of Morse's rented storage units. A search of one unit revealed two kilogram packages of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, items used to process and package narcotics for street sale, and a loaded .25 caliber handgun. A search of the second unit revealed a loaded .357 magnum caliber handgun, two types of loose ammunition, digital scales, an empty kilogram wrap with cocaine residue, and empty bank cash wraps.

Morse had been detained since his arrest on May 24, 2017. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Stolfi Collins.

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