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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

February 4, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:
NEW HAVEN MAN CHARGED WITH CRACK COCAINE
DISTRIBUTION, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION OFFENSES

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging WILLIAM GREAR, also known as “William Greer,” 28, of New Haven, with three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.  The indictment was returned yesterday, February 3.

The indictment alleges that, on three occasions in December 2010 and January 2011, GREAR possessed with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”).  On one of those occasions, it is alleged that GREAR possessed with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack.

The indictment further alleges that, on or about January 28, 2011, GREAR, after having sustained multiple prior felony convictions, possessed a Glock model 17, nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

If convicted, GREAR faces a maximum term of imprisonment 20 years on each of the two of the crack distribution counts; a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years for possessing 28 grams or more of crack; and a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on the firearm possession count.

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 is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc H. Silverman.

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.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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