States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|April 29, 2010||
STAMFORD MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS, CRACK
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CESAR DELGADO, 30, of Ranson Street, Stamford, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing two loaded firearms and crack cocaine. On January 27, 2010, DELGADO pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
This matter stems from an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) investigation dubbed “Operation Big Loot,” a six-month investigation that was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. As a result of the investigation, a total of 52 individuals have been charged in state and federal court with various narcotics offenses related to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the greater Stamford area. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized approximately $165,000 in cash, one kilogram of cocaine, two kilograms of crack cocaine, five firearms and several vehicles.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 3, 2009, in conjunction with the execution of a state search warrant, law enforcement officers seized from DELGADO’s 33 Ranson Street residence two loaded handguns, one of which had previously been reported as stolen, and approximately 12 baggies of crack cocaine. DELGADO was a convicted felon at the time and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. He had been convicted in Connecticut state court of sale of narcotics in 2003 and weapon in a motor vehicle in 2001.
DELGADO has been detained since his federal arrest on December 11, 2009.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force – which is composed of members of the Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Stratford Police Departments, and the Connecticut State Police – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Stamford Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad. The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Bridgeport, Darien, Greenwich and Danbury Police Departments assisted in the arrests of several of the defendants. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Spector and Jonathan Freimann.
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