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Press Release

April 8, 2011

Project Safe Neighborhoods:

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALFONSO REID, also known as “Fonzie” or “Fonz,” 34, of Hancock Avenue, Bridgeport, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for selling heroin and a firearm.

This matter stems from Operation “Young Gunz,” an eight-month joint investigation that targeted firearms and narcotics trafficking in and around the Marina Village Housing Complex on Bridgeport’s West Side.  The investigation included numerous controlled purchases of firearms, heroin and crack cocaine.  Analysis of the firearms purchased during this investigation has revealed that several of them had been reported stolen and/or had been used in other crimes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July and October 2008, law enforcement officers made five controlled purchases of heroin and one controlled purchase of a firearm from REID.

On December 7, 2010, REID pleaded guilty to one count of count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals Service.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy and Deputy United States Attorney Deirdre Daly.

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.




Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722





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