Prosecutors: New Haven man gets 2 years for selling cocaine while on probation

Rodney Snape, 40, was handed down a 24-month prison sentence Tuesday, June 8, 2021, by Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, Conn., federal court.

Rodney Snape, 40, was handed down a 24-month prison sentence Tuesday, June 8, 2021, by Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, Conn., federal court.

Ben Lambert / Hearst Connecticut Media

NEW HAVEN — A city man who was found in possession of cocaine earlier this year while on probation from prior state charges has been sentenced to two years in federal prison, according to prosecutors.

Rodney Snape, 40, received a 24-month prison sentence Tuesday from Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven. Arterton previously had sentenced Snape to federal prison in 2013 on a drug charge.

Snape was arrested May 5 by New Haven police. Prosecutors said that at the time of his arrest, Snape was in possession of about 8 grams of cocaine, items used to package drugs for street sale and more than $4,500 in cash.

The state charges connected with his May arrest are pending in the court system.

Snape has prior convictions dating back about eight years.

In May 2013, Arterton sentenced Snape to 105 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine, prosecutors said. In February 2015, Snape’s sentence was reduced to 88 months because of a change in the federal crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. He was released from prison in June 2019.

On Feb. 20, 2020, Snape was arrested by New Haven police on a charge of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, prosecutors said. He pleaded nolo contendere in state court. He was sentenced in January to a suspended three-year term in prison and two years’ probation.