BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Norwalk man who served time in prison for his involvement in the 1993 slaying of a 7-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years for his role in a ring that distributed cocaine in the southwestern part of the state.

Marvin Wooten, also known as Smash, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Wooten, 43, is among two dozen defendants charged as the result of an investigation named Operation There It Is, in which the Drug Enforcement Administration and Stamford police used wiretaps to break up a drug ring operating in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.

Federal authorities say that between September 2012 and January 2013, Wooten regularly bought large quantities of cocaine from sources including people selling cocaine out of a Bridgeport barbershop and then sold it to his own customers for profit.

A judge in federal court in Bridgeport said Wooten’s 10-year sentence is to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Wooten served about 11 years in the state’s prison system on a manslaughter conviction for his involvement in the slaying of the 7-year-old girl, who was caught in crossfire between rival drug gangs. He was caught in Ohio after he was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in 1995.

Soon after his release from prison, he was stopped at an airport in Arizona last year with more than $48,000 in cash.


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