New Haven gang leader indicted on federal drug charges

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NEW HAVEN — A federal grand jury indicted a New Haven man yesterday, accusing him of methamphetamine and cocaine distribution offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Vanessa Roberts Avery.

Donald Ogman, also known as “Mainey-O” and “Manny O,” 42, was charged with multiple counts related to drug trafficking.

Court documents allege Ogman has been a leader of the Grape Street Crips, a violent gang in New Haven.

In 2012, Ogman was arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the gang’s drug trafficking activities.

After pleading guilty to narcotics offenses, Ogman was sentenced on March 10, 2015, to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Ogman’s sentence was later reduced to time served, and he was released from prison in August 2022 following a federal judge’s approval of his motion for compassionate release.

The indictment alleges that Ogman resumed drug trafficking while on federal supervised release, distributing pills containing methamphetamine in New Haven.

The evidence against Ogman includes surveillance, trash pulls, and controlled purchases of methamphetamine pills in March and April.

Upon his arrest on May 9, law enforcement officers found additional quantities of methamphetamine and crack cocaine in his possession and at his residence.

Ogman faces one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, three counts involving 50 grams or more of the substance, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

These offenses carry a range of penalties, with maximum terms of up to 40 years and mandatory minimums of five years, and due to a prior conviction, Ogman could face a life sentence.

Multiple agencies are investigating this case, including the Drug Enforcement Administration New Haven Task Force, ATF, and various local police departments.

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