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Press Release

January 25, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging RAHEEM HANSBERRY, also known as “Sean Reeds,” 33, of Grand Concourse, the Bronx, New York, with one count of possession with intent to distribute 10 or more grams of Phencyclidine (“PCP”), one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

The indictment alleges that, on October 14, 2010, HANSBERRY possessed with the intent to distribute 10 grams or more of PCP and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

The indictment further alleges that, prior to October 14, 2010, HANSBERRY had been convicted of multiple felony offenses in New York and Connecticut, including two convictions for assault in the second degree, two convictions for fifth degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, and third degree larceny.

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.

If convicted of the PCP distribution offense, HANSBERRY faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years.  If convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, he faces a consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years.  Finally, if convicted of the charge of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, HANSBERRRY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

HANSBERRY has been detained since his arrest by the Hartford Police on October 14, 2010.

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case has been investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  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.




Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722





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