States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|August 24, 2010||
Project Safe Neighborhoods: STAMFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CRAIG DRALLE, 36, of Broad Street, Stamford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 27, 2009, DRALLE possessed a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. In 1998, DRALLE was convicted in U.S. District Court in Connecticut of conspiring to distribute cocaine.
It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to knowingly possess a firearm or ammunition that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Eginton has scheduled sentencing for November 12, 2010, at which time DRALLE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case was investigated by the Stamford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, pursuant to the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in Stamford. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Spector.
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.
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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