News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2006

Diablos Motorcycle Club Member Pleads Guilty

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSEPH P. CURTIS, age 42 (DOB 10/07/1963) formerly of Summit Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

CURTIS was arrested on December 8, 2005, following a long-term investigation into The Diablos Motorcycle Club in Waterbury and Meriden, Connecticut. The investigation utilized various investigative techniques including controlled purchases of narcotics by a confidential informant, purchases of narcotics by law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity, extensive physical surveillance, and a wiretap. The investigation resulted in federal charges being lodged against 12 full-patch members and known associates of The Diablos. Additional Diablos members and associated were charged by state authorities.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, on December 26, 2004, CURTIS sold a Sig Sauer .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun to a confidential informant under the observation of Drug Enforcement Agents and Connecticut State Police. Prior to that date, CURTIS had been convicted of the felony offense of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree.

It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess firearms or ammunition.
CURTIS is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on October 6, 2006, at which time CURTIS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. CURTIS has been detained without bond since his arrest.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor commended the joint investigation of this matter conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, and the Waterbury Police Department.