For Immediate Release - August 04, 2006

Commonwealth v. Everett Connolly

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Everett Connolly of Jamaica, residing in Harwich, Massachusetts, was convicted by a Barnstable County Superior Court jury of Trafficking and Distribution of Cocaine.

After a three day jury trial Everett Connolly was sentenced to 12 years to 15 years committed to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Cedar Junction on the Trafficking charge, and to 7 years to 10 years committed to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Cedar Junction on the Distribution charges to run concurrent with the Trafficking sentence.

The trafficking weight of 124 grams of cocaine was found by a Massachusetts State Police narcotics canine team hidden under the dashboard of Everett Connolly's van, after he was pulled over off of Exit 8 on Rte. 6 on September 9, 2004. Two undercover purchases of crack cocaine in Harwich in late August of 2004 were the basis for the warrants for Everett Connolly's arrest which led to the stop and the search of the van. Investigators employed the use of a Global Positioning Satellite device (GPS) to monitor his activities culminating in his arrest on a return trip from New York City and after a year long investigation. This was the first time that GPS technology, now available through a special State Police GPS installation team, was used in this manner in the Cape and Islands District.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault and investigated by members of the Massachusetts State Police and the Harwich Police Department assigned to the Cape Cod & Islands Drug Task Force.

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