States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 11, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: HARTFORD MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CRACK DISTRIBUTION, ILLEGAL AMMUNITION POSSESSION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced ARMANDO SOLER, also known as “Jose Gonzalez,” 35, of Cowles Street, Hartford, was sentenced yesterday, June 10, by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for drug distribution and illegally possessing ammunition. On January 8, 2010, SOLER pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (“crack cocaine”), and one count of possession of ammunition by a previously convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 20, 2008, Hartford Police officers executed a search warrant at SOLER’s apartment and seized more than 150 grams of crack cocaine, as well as 47 rounds of ammunition. A DNA sample taken from the ammunition box matched a sample taken from SOLER.
Prior to November 20, 2008, SOLER had been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including escape in the first degree, sale of hallucinogens or narcotics (twice), carrying a dangerous weapon, and assault on an officer. It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
SOLER has been detained since his arrest on May 17, 2009.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Freimann.
The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, and improving the safety of residents of Connecticut’s cities. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
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