Bridgeport man gets 5 years in federal prison on crack, cocaine offenses

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BRIDGEPORT — A city man who faced up to 40 years in federal prison in connection with crack and cocaine offenses was given a five-year prison sentence, authorities announced Tuesday.

A judge sentenced Rocky “Twin” Samas, 48, of Bridgeport, to serve 60 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

The trial revealed that from August through October 2018, investigators bought crack cocaine from Samas in Bridgeport three times.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Samas was arrested on a federal criminal complaint. That day, investigators who searched Samas’ Bridgeport home seized about 46 grams of crack cocaine, about 120 grams of powder cocaine, about $14,000 in cash and two digital scales.

Samas was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack and possession with intent to distribute cocaine on Dec. 11, 2019.

He has a criminal history that includes multiple drug convictions, including a federal conviction in September 2005 when he was sentenced to 240 months in prison on charges of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack and powder cocaine.

Samas was sentenced against, pursuant to changes in the federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, and was released from federal prison in December 2011.

He has been released on a $200,000 and was told to report to prison Aug. 11.

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File photo of a judge’s gavel.

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