States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|February 3, 2011||
NEW LONDON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN DUONG, 29, of Lincoln Avenue, New London, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 30, 2009, during the execution of a search warrant at DUONG’s residence, New London Police officers encountered DUONG in his bedroom attempting to throw a loaded, .40 caliber pistol out of the window. During the search, officers also found marijuana, scales, heat sealing bags, drug ledgers and approximately $26,000 in cash. DUONG’s residence also had a high-tech security system with closed-circuit television cameras focused on the front and rear doors of the house.
Judge Bryant has scheduled sentencing for May 4, 2011, at which time DUONG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years on the marijuana distribution charge, as well as a mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment of at least five years for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
This matter stems from “Operation New London Bloods,” a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, and the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.
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