States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|August 2, 2010||
NAUGATUCK GUN TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, 32, most recently of Carroll Street, Naugatuck, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing and selling firearms.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between January 13 and February 3, 2010, RODRIGUEZ possessed, transported or transferred three firearms, including a sawed-off Winchester, Model 120, 12 gauge pump action shotgun; a Bryco .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number; and a Norinco, Model SKS, 7.62X39 MM semi-automatic rifle. RODRIGUEZ also unlawfully possessed 14 assorted 12 gauge shotgun shells. RODRIGUEZ sold the firearms to an individual working with law enforcement, and he made representations that he could obtain additional firearms for sale or delivery.
On May 3, 2010, RODRIGUEZ pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm.
The sawed-off shotgun was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. It is a violation of federal law to possess an unregistered shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches.
RODRIGUEZ has been detained since his arrest on February 3, 2010. On that date, he possessed a Hi Point, Model C9, 9 MM semi-automatic pistol, as well as cocaine that he intended to distribute.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Naugatuck Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian P. Leaming.
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