Feds: Man tosses crack, oxycodone onto highway during police search

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after trying to toss drug contraband onto Interstate 95 during a State Police search.

The man threw bags containing large quantities of crack, oxycodone pills, and crushed oxycodone powder onto the highway, federal prosecutors said, where some of it was run over and destroyed by passing vehicles.

A state trooper was still able to recover substantial amounts of the narcotics and the man was arrested, according to prosecutors.

Possession with intention to distribute

Jabari Peterson, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced for trafficking crack cocaine and oxycodone pills on Feb. 12 in New Haven federal court. The 72 months of jail time will be followed by four years of supervised release.

Last year in the case, Peterson pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).

Pulled over for speeding

According to court documents and statements made in court, on the afternoon of Jan. 29, 2013, a Connecticut state trooper stopped Peterson on I-95 in Greenwich for speeding. The trooper determined that Peterson did not have a license and subsequently performed a search.

After the trooper felt a plastic bag containing crack cocaine in Peterson’s jacket and attempted to pull it out, Peterson ran from the officer, prosecutors said. The suspect then allegedly threw the bag of crack, as well as two bags containing oxycodone pills, onto the highway.

Trooper recovers some drugs in road

Law enforcement officials said although the narcotics were dispersed or destroyed by vehicles traveling on the highway, the trooper was able to recover nearly 190 grams of crack, 147 30-mg oxycodone pills, and an additional amount of crushed oxycodone powder.

Peterson was placed under arrest at the scene. He has been detained since his arrest.

Vermont connection

The subsequent investigation found that Peterson was on his way to Vermont to distribute the drugs.

Peterson’s criminal history includes a Vermont state conviction for selling cocaine. He had been sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment on that conviction and was on probation at the time of his federal arrest.

The federal case was investigated by Connecticut State Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale. Peterson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven federal court.