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'Gang activity' lands Hartford man a 10 year prison sentence

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A man known on the streets of Hartford as "Keeme" will serve 10 years in prison for gang-related drug charges.

Federal officials said Akeem Manoo, 25, was sentenced on Thursday in New Haven by a U.S. District judge, according to Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

The sentence was 120 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

Court documents said Manoo's arrest was part of a year-long law enforcement venture by the FBI's Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Hartford Police Department.

The task force was looking into drug trafficking by members of the WestHell street gang, the documents said.

Investigators said they used court-authorized wiretaps, controlled drug purchases and surveillance to track Manoo and other gang associates as they distributed crack cocaine in the area of Westland Street in Hartford. Four of the purchases were made between Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015 and involved Manoo.

The documents identified another associate as Melkuan Scott, also known by the nicknames "Young God," "Mel," "Young," and "YG." Scott was said to be the leader of the WestHell gang.

Manoo has prior firearms convictions, according to the documents. He's been detained since March 2014, when he was arrested for motor vehicle violations.

He was indicted on April 24, 2014. In May  2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams of crack.

Twenty three defendants pleaded guilty to various offenses. Another was convicted after Manoo's trial. A defendant was also shot and killed while his case was pending, according to documents.

Scott was sentenced to 13 years in prison on March 21, 2016.

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