News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Norwich Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

NOV 23 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that MOZZELLE BROWN, also known as “Mo,” 35, last residing on South Fourth Avenue in the Taftville section of Norwich, was sentenced on Friday, November 20, by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 180 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.  On July 28, 2009, BROWN pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 18, 2008, BROWN sold a Smith and Wesson, Model 38 Special, .38 caliber revolver, and approximately 13 grams of crack cocaine to an individual working with law enforcement in exchange for $1150.

Judge Hall sentenced BROWN pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires a minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years for convicted felons who possess firearms or ammunition, and who have at least three prior felony convictions for serious drug offenses and crimes of violence.

BROWN has been detained since his arrest on July 24, 2008.

This matter stems from a long-term coordinated investigation dubbed “Operation Jersey Barrier,” which was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Norwich Police Department, and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents in Connecticut’s cities.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.